This is a list of characters from Fist of the North Star. All names are derived from the most recent localization material.
Warning: This series finished serialisation over thirty years ago and is easily accessible in a variety of different media. The entire page contains major, unmarked SPOILERS for the entire series, so beware!
The Four Hokuto Brothers
Hokuto Shinken (北斗神拳; "North Dipper Divine Fist") is an 1800 year-old Chinese assassination art (2000 years in the Animated Adaptation from Toei Animation) formed during the Three Kingdoms Era of Ancient China. The martial art's power lies in striking one of the 708 keiraku hikou ("hidden channeling points") Pressure Points in the human body. This causes the victim to explode internally, but other uses include rendering the victim under the user's control or become incapacitated without any damage. Hokuto Shinken can also be used to heal certain physical and psychological wounds, such as restoring a person's voice, eyesight or memories, though its primary purpose is assassination. Furthermore, while the average person uses only 30% of their body's potential strength, Hokuto Shinken masters can tap into the remaining 70%, including the use of touki ("fighting spirit/Battle Aura") to project energy attacks, which can also strike pressure points without the user physically touching their opponent. Depending on the user, Hokuto Shinken can be a soft-styled martial art that depends greatly on accuracy or agility (such as Kenshiro and Toki), or a hard-styled art, which relies on strength and power (like Raoh).
Because of its lethality and difficulty to master, the law of Hokuto Shinken declares only one successor per generation. Those who were trained but not chosen to inherit the style must renounce its use voluntarily or risk having their memories erased or their fist destroyed.
Voiced by (Japanese): Akira Kamiya (TV anime and movie), Takehito Koyasu (OVA), Kunihiro Kawamoto (Twin Blue Stars Of Judgment), Hiroshi Abe (Legends of the True Savior), Hideo Ishikawa (Legends of the Dark King), Katsuyuki Konishi (Ken's Rage and J-Stars Victory Vs.), Takaya Kuroda (Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise)
Voiced by (English): Lex Lang (TV anime, as Alexis Lang), William Winckler (TV anime, recut dub), John Vickery (The Movie), Robert Kraft (New Fist of the North Star), Kaiji Tang (Ken's Rage), Robbie Daymond (Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise)
The 64th successor of Hokuto Shinken, Kenshiro was adopted by his master Ryuken as the youngest of four sons alongside Raoh, Toki, and Jagi, all whom vied for succession. After being named as the rightful heir, he wished to settle down with his fiancée Yuria, but his rival Shin abducts her and defeats Kenshiro in combat, engraving the signature seven scars on his chest that form the North Dipper constellation. This sparks Ken's quest to rescue Yuria and eventually become the "Savior of the Century's End" (世紀末救世主; Seikimatsu Kyūseishu).
- 100% Heroism Rating: All across the wasteland, he is widely praised as "the savior of the post-apocalyptic world" without even trying to gain people's respect.
- All-Loving Hero: Deconstructed. While he is very kind and compassionate and shows even the most heinous villains sympathy because of their Freudian Excuses, he is capable of feeling hatred and he is not above brutally killing most of his enemies.
- And Knowing Is Half the Battle: During the Animated Adaptation of the Raoh arc, Executive Meddling and Moral Guardians forced Toei Animation to put Kenshiro into contrived situations where he spares the lives of children who are Jumping Off the Slippery Slope, and deliver heavy-handed life lessons ("You may steal to stay alive, but keep doing it and you'll grow to like it, and become real villains"; in other words, "Then I will REALLY kill you") with the subtlety of a brick. Thankfully, this is not done to the detriment of the plot and the story's thematic soul, unlike the post-Land of Shura arc of the manga, left un-animated.
- And the Adventure Continues: Every major part ends with Kenshiro wandering into the wasteland to whatever fate awaits him. With Raoh's defeat, he and Yuria ride off on Koku-Oh to live out the rest of her remaining years with him; post-Land of Shura, he journeys with Ryu to properly teach him the ways and philosophy of Hokuto Shinken; in the grand finale, he continues alone on his mission to protect the innocent wherever he can."I don't need a name on my grave! If I die, it will be on the desert of battle!"
- Art Evolution:
- In the manga, Ken retains most of his features from the one-shot story. Later arcs give him a Mad Max-like hairstyle based on Mel Gibson's portrayal. Eventually, he is given a more angular face, a large thick neck, and recognizable iconic hairstyle often adapted in other media such as video games.
- In the original anime, Ken has a similar hairstyle similar to Bruce Lee, and it carried all until the end with his fight and funeral of Ryuga. The final part of first series gives him a long mullet-like hairstyle, a more narrow eyes, a slightly large neck, and an angular face. The second series gives him more lines on his face, and a Sylvester Stallone-esque features.
- Badass Beard: In the animated film, Kenshiro sports a thick Chuck Norris-esque beard for a few scenes before giving himself a clean shave.
- Badass in Distress: Several times after he lost a battle with a major antagonist, he had to be rescued because the physical beating put into unconsciousness for several days. Tragically people die as a result during the process including Shu's son.
- Bad Powers, Good People: Making people's heads or bodies go all Body Horror and explode is no good power. Hokuto Shinken is explicitly an assassin's art, and is considered shadowy and sinister. Yet Kenshiro is unambiguously a good guy.
- Bare-Fisted Monk: He can fight well with nunchucks if he has to, but prefers his bare hands during battles.
- Bash Brothers: With Rei.
- Battle in the Center of the Mind: In Ken's Rage 2, when he's about to recover his memory, Kenshiro is forced to fight his inner self who doesn't want to remember the sadness he accumulated all those years ago. His inner self has access to every Hokuto Shinken technique, while the current Kenshiro is rendered with Amnesiac Dissonance, and must defeat him in order to regain his memories and defeat Bolge.
- Battle Strip: Kenshiro's shirt and jacket practically explodes and disintegrates off of him if he gets enraged enough. When he gets like this, expect the body count to pile up.
- Berserk Button: Do not torment and kill innocent people in sadistic glee in Kenshiro's presence unless you want to die horribly in an explosive gory mess.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Very kind, heroic and totally selfless...unless you're a villain, in which case, goodbye.
- Big Brother Worship: He has always admired Raoh before his Ambition Is Evil took effect. He even admits this to him in their final bout.
- Big Good: One of the most foremost examples. Any heroic organization in the series eventually has him front and center, inspiring and dishing out the biggest doses of beat-downs.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: It's like two caterpillars crawled onto his face and started munching his hair, and he was too nice to complain about it.
- Black Comedy: Has a strange sense of humour, and some of the deaths he inflicts to his opponents are quite funny. Case in point, this is not a Mook failing in his attack, but Kenshiro's doing. It's also possibly a form of Tranquil Fury, the people he kills are Sadists torment others in the same way for their own amusement. He's just giving them a taste of their own medicine.
- Boss Subtitles: "The Savior of the Post-Apocalyptic World - Kenshiro"
- Bruce Lee Clone: The Trope Codifier (in anime, anyways), although his fighting style is very different from Lee's. However, his high pitched shrieks are spot on. Those are an invention of the anime, and almost certainly a deliberate invocation of this trope. He also has a lot more "ATATATATATATA!!" moments in the anime than the manga. He also looks a lot more like Lee in the original anime.
- Bruiser with a Soft Center: Yuria doesn't love Kenshiro for his hyper-masculinity, but rather for his gentle, sensitive nature and kind-heartedness.
- Bullying a Dragon: Are bandits and thugs really that dumb to try to taunt and torment this guy? Most mooks are at least a head taller than him and are usually armed. Now, the ones who attack him AFTER seeing their pals explode are either not very smart to begin with or have bosses who will kill them if they run; either way, the poor bastards don't have it easy.
- Bully Hunter: And those he hunts never live to learn from their mistakes, though they usually aren't child bullies either.
- Cain and Abel: The Abel to Jagi's Cain.
- Catch and Return: Kenshiro's Two Finger Air Snatch has him catch arrows and throw them right back at the shooters. Spade gets one in the eye from this.
- Omae wa mō shindeiru (お前はもう死んでいる; "You are already dead"). There's also the Omae wa sude ni shindeiru variation, which means the same thing, but it's nowhere near as prevalent. However, this catchphrase was only really around during the Southern Cross arc, and disappeared after Shin's death. It does get uttered again on rare occasions, but by then its catchphrase status had practically died out.
- "OWATTA" ("Finish!" or "It's finished"), which he adds at the end of his "ATATATATATATATATATATA". It is commonly misheard by people for something completely unintelligle.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: He had to train his entire life to become what he is. In contrast, Toki may have had more raw talent and was a prodigy, but his illness reduced him too much for him to be successor.
- Clothing Damage: Kenshiro lives in a world where you sometimes must literally give an arm and a leg for basic necessities like food and fresh water, and yet can still afford to shred his expensive jacket every single episode and get a good-as-new replacement the next episode. Episode 23 shows Ken repairing a shoe though, so perhaps Ken uses what limited resources he can find to repair his outfit. Though then again, most of the time they're seen not just ripping but outright disintegrating.
- Cool Horse: Gains Raoh's elephant-sized black stallion Koku-Oh after his death.
- Crazy-Prepared: He has a move for everything. Attacks with arrows? He has a Catch and Return move. Flying enemy on a horse? He has a flying kick that's more effective on horsemen in air than on horseman on the ground. Mr. Heart, who is so fat to be immune to any attack except Nanto ones? He has a move to push away the fat (this one surprised even Shin, who had known him and his style for years and sent Mr. Heart specifically for him).
- Deadpan Snarker: Kenshiro may be a pretty serious guy, but he does get a few lines in when killing mooks.
- Death Glare: If Ken gives you one of these, prepare to shout "HIDEBU!!!" or something similar at the top of your lungs.
- Desperation Attack: Tenha Kassatsu; according to Kenshiro, this technique rescues the user from the brink of peril.
- Determinator: Ken will not stop until the right thing has been done, preferably with his own fists. Entire armies have learned this the hard way.
- Did You Actually Believe...?: If he says that he'll spare a villain who he's hit with a pressure point attack, that villain is dead as soon as he's of no further use to Kenshiro. It serves as a Karmic Death as Kenshiro would call out said villain had pulled this numerous times on defenseless people for their own sick enjoyment, so it's only fair to give them a taste of their own medicine.Kenshiro: Did you honestly think I'd let a scumbag like you live?
- Does Not Like Guns: Ken refuses to use a gun, since he would rather throw his punches to make his enemies explode. Part of his disdain towards Jagi is because he would use them, and when he held a child kidnapper dead-to-rights, he points a gun at him, but doesn't pull the trigger and instead throws it into the ground. The kidnapper ends up exploding anyway.
- Expy: Aside from being an obvious Bruce Lee Clone, He is directly based on Max Rockatansky, particularly from The Road Warrior.
- The Dreaded: An rare benevolent example. He is known to most of his enemies as "the Man with the Seven Scars", and mentioning this nickname is sometimes enough to make the mooks run in terror. To put it into perspective, he is the badass — with combination of Good Is Not Soft, One-Man Army and Hope Bringer rolled into one — who delivers the bloody and cruel death to those who prey on the innocent and women and that fear is very justified. Not only is he frighteningly competent in his skills, but he is also frighteningly determinated to accomplish the goal of protecting the innocent and killing evil-doers who really deserve it. Just watch his actions in the anime episode "I Am Death Itself! I'll Chase You to the Ends of Hell!" for proof.
- Earn Your Happy Ending:
- In Ken's Rage, Yuria is Spared by the Adaptation, since she never contracted radiation poisoning (in fact, it's not mentioned) and Raoh achieved Musou Tensei for other reasons, thus Kenshiro gets to live Happily Ever After with her. This change is strange since it happens in the primary "Legend Mode", while other characters who get their respective happy endings get pushed into "Dream Mode" territory, which makes Kenshiro's own dream scenario worthless, since he dreams of defeating Raoh and living together with Yuria once again. While the same happens in Legend Mode, in Dream Mode, it's for different circumstances.
- In Lost Paradise, Yuria goes to cure herself of her illness, but the cost is thatafter being fully cured, she would inadvertently set off the nuclear missiles once she wakes up. However, Nadai decides ro save Ken and Yuria from the nukes by sacrificing himself so they would live. At the end of the game, they both ride into the wasteland with a cargo of apples Ken intends to deliver.
- Easily Forgiven: Has the tendency to be on the forgiving end of this trope, as mocked here. Note, though, that Ken does tend to forgive his enemies only after fatally wounding them first, unlike a lot of other examples of this trope.
- Even the Guys Want Him: Occasionally played around with the likes of Mr. Heart.
- Emotional Bruiser: "And so you see, boys and girls, it IS manly to be sensitive and kind."
- Fashionable Asymmetry: His original outfit only has a single shoulder pad on his right side. In the manga he only wears this outfit for the first ten chapters before switching to dual shoulder pads after the Southern Cross arc, whereas in the anime TV series it's his standard outfit until the time skip.
- The Fettered: Kenshiro will never compromise his beliefs or his morals, no matter what he's offered or bribed with. It helps that most of the people offering such things are usually begging for their lives anyway.
- Fingerpoke Of Doom: Not only does he have a literal example, he has variants.
- New Fist of the North Star didn't try to make Kenshiro appear soft and gentle or a genuine protector of the innocent, but rather portrayed him as a cold-blooded assassin. However, while Kenshiro is a lot harsher and colder in the OVA, the characters were also a lot less sympathetic, and anyone he felt actual sympathy for forced him to kill them in one way or another. In fact, none of the villains are sympathetic; furthermore, the smaller cast of characters and the length of the OVA reduced his time spent not killing foes and showing his gentle nature outside of battle didn't help much.
- With Used to Be a Sweet Kid, Even Evil Has Standards, and Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds going for him AND being overcome by remorse and Driven to Suicide once he remembers what having humanity feels like, main antagonist Seiji is one of the most sympathetic in the entire franchise. His father, not nearly as much, but it's still made clear he genuinely loved his son and did what he did so Seiji would grow strong enough to one day kill him in battle and take the throne.
- Four Is Death: Kenshiro's Catchphrase is four words long, and his Meaningful Name includes the character for the number four.
- Freudian Excuse Is No Excuse: There are two kinds of villains in Ken's eyes: Those who deserve his sympathy and those who don't. Colonel is such military villain who Ken doesn't give his sympathy to, since despite Colonel's attempts to build an army to prevent the catastrophe of another nuclear war, Ken outright tells him "You have only exchanged one mistake for another" since he and his army has murdered innocents and have left children sorrowful and orphaned.
- Friend to All Children: Any child Kenshiro meets instantly warms up to him, and children are the ones who see Kenshiro at his most gentle and friendly. Hurting a child in front of him is suicide.
- Friend to All Living Things: While they don't always reciprocate, Kenshiro refuses to kill Attack Animals when the villains use them against him, instead rendering them unconscious.
- Genius Bruiser: Aside from martial arts, Kenshiro is also broadly familiar with religion and mythology from around Asia and the world.
- Genre Savvy: Kenshiro knows when a scumbag facing him tries to pull a Wounded Gazelle Gambit or I Surrender, Suckers on him. To him it's predictable and would set up precautions in the form of a delayed pressure point when they try to backstab him.
- Get Out!: Hokuto Shinken may be a brutal martial art, but Kenshiro does believe in second chances. Provided you haven't been committing an atrocity, he might let you run off with a hopefully not literal wound to lick depending on the mood you put him in.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: Red and seriously evil-looking. So they naturally tend to trigger when someone really evil's pissed him off.
- Good Is Not Soft: He may have a heart of gold, but hurt an innocent before his eyes, and he will end you.
- Healing Hands: Kenshiro is capable of using Hokuto Shinken to heal as well as harm, though this gets much less play than the harming part. And Ken's brother Toki is far better at healing than he is.
- The Hero: He is the main good guy who resolves to protect the innocent from harm and work for the bright future in humanity. He is also the most fearsome warrior and the Hope Bringer to boot.
- Heroic BSoD: Kenshiro does his best to embetter the world despite the despair and loneliness he goes through and trying to inflict this trope on him often only makes him angrier and stronger. However, Last Piece reveals that Yuria's death sent him into a great depression, to the point he feels unworthy of helping Juza's son and wants to be left alone.
- Heroic Build: In a genre where the main character is usually a pint-sized boy, Kenshiro stands out as one of the earliest Shonen heroes who are built like Conan the Barbarian.
- Hitman with a Heart: While Kenshiro does not accept contracts to kill people, Hokuto Shinken is still an assassination art, but Kenshiro is one of its most kind-hearted practitioners, if utterly merciless toward his enemies.
- Honor Before Reason: He might allow someone to go free if they spare an innocent, even if they were an unrepentant killer before. Of course, most of them just turn back around and try to kill him anyway... at which point all bets are off. Basically, don't make Ken regret showing you mercy, or you'll receive none.
- Hope Bringer: "The Savior of the Century's End"; he EARNED that title. Everywhere he goes, those who would use their strength to dominate and hurt the weak fear him. The innocent and the just fighters of the world, however, love him.
- Hunk: One of the most famous examples in manga.
- Hurting Hero: Lesser men would have been completely broken by the things Kenshiro goes through. Sometimes, his emotions do get the better of him, but that just means he'll rip the villains a new one more fiercely.
- I Have Many Names: Feared far and wide as "The Man With Seven Scars" and revered far and wide as "The Savior of the Century's End."
- Ideal Hero: A Friend to All Children who will Never Hurt an Innocent, and will never compromise his beliefs in the future of humanity for any reason. There's a good reason he's called the "Savior of Century's End." He is even the current trope image!"I refuse to build my own future on the blood and tears of others!"
- Identical Grandson: To his uncle Professor Kenshiro Kasumi, the 62nd Successor of Hokuto Shinken and dean of literature at Tokyo's University for Proper Young Ladies in 1935. The final story arcs of Fist of the Blue Sky leaves the possibility open that Kenshiro is actually a reincarnation of his uncle.
- I Lied: Kenshiro's not above promising to spare a villain or a mook in exchange for information, then killing them when they're of no further use.
- Implacable Man: Don't even bother running. Kenshiro relentlessly, inexorably pursues all forms of evil and oppression, as the Zeed Gang, Fang Clan, Jackal's gang, and many others have found out to their detriment. Even a falling skyscraper is neither excuse nor reason to slow his pursuit of evildoers for an instant.
- In-Series Nickname: "Ken".
- Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Not only will Kenshiro never back down from doing the right thing, offering him rewards for doing so is to get on the wrong side of a one-sided ass-beating.
- Invincible Hero: Practically everyone who goes up against Kenshiro ends up turned into Ludicrous Gibs. This is doubly so in the anime, with all the filler episodes where Kenshiro has to deal with Punks Of The Week instead of enemies who have to be able to pretend to stand a chance. In fact, only a total of three characters have the distinction of actually defeating Kenshiro in combat: Shin, a practitioner of Nanto Seiken and Kenshiro's Rival Turned Evil, whose beatdown of Kenshiro triggered the latter's character development into becoming the Invincible Hero he is in the main storyline; Thouzer, a practitioner of Nanto Seiken (the rival style to Hokuto Shinken) who appeared to be completely invulnerable to Hokuto Shinken's pressure point-based attacks (at least until Kenshiro figured out why and exploits it); and Kaioh, Raoh's older brother and practitioner of Hokuto Ryuuken, whose Battle Aura rendered useless even the strongest techniques of Hokuto Shinken. Also, Kenshiro's first fight with Raoh - his older brother who was originally intended to be the successor to Hokuto Shinken - ended in a tie, as the two were evenly matched. Even then, all of them were defeated once Kenshiro eventually gained the means to defeat them.
- Jack-of-All-Stats: In Twin Blue Stars Of Judgment he is neither the fastest in the cast or the strongest physically, mostly serving as the Ryu of the game, and this is considered mid-tier. He's capable of infinites but in a game like that, so is everyone else.
- Kamehame Hadoken: Tenha Kassatsu; in the manga against Baran, a Hokuto Shinken "imitator" who'd been strongly influenced by Raoh, Kenshiro showcases how to perform a proper Hokuto Gosho Ha. He also uses Raoh's Tensho Honretsu against Han in the Land of Shura arc.
- Hokuto Tenkai Senretsu Sho in Ken's Rage has him blasting tons of fireballs around the place with each hand alternating. The result is quite impressive.
- Keep the Reward: Tends to hand back rewards whenever he can, to Bat's annoyance. However, he never seems to have a problem getting enough to eat, drink, fuel his car and repair his clothes, so it's implied that he does sometimes accept resupply from villages that can afford it.
- Ki Attacks: Kenshiro can use touki to attack an opponent's pressure points at a distance, yet the only time he's ever done this was using Tenha Kassatsu against Souther, Tensho Honretsu against Han and Hokuto Gosho Ha against Baran.
- Kung-Fu Jesus: The prequel film Legend of Kenshiro makes explicit allusions to him being this trope, right down to his resurrection from getting literally crucified by a tyrant, and multiple references to God (Kami-sama) instead of Heaven (Ten).
- His title is the "Savior of the Century's End" for a reason.
- At one point, when he rescues a child who's about to fall off a broken highway and gives him a drink of water, then walks off without giving his name, the kid comes to the conclusion that Kenshiro is God Himself.
- Lightning Bruiser: While he may not be the most agile fighter in the show, he's far from slow, and very damned strong to boot. Also applicable to his Ken's Rage incarnation: while Nanto Seiken fighters tend to be faster, Kenshiro's the fastest of the Hokuto brothers and relies on this via dodge/jump cancelling for invincibility frames. This is before mentioning his access to Musou Tensei, which in-game gives him fifteen seconds of Nigh-Invulnerability.
- Manly Tears: All the time; notable in that at no point does he attempt to hide his tears.
- Made of Iron: This is a guy who took seven stab wounds to the chest and lived to tell about it. Even now, hitting him with things like pipes, baseball bats and even iron crowbars will just annoy him. Hell, Kenshiro even took a huge stone pillar to the head, and he acted like nothing happened.
- Martial Medic: As shown with Rin and Airi, he can use his Hokuto pressure point knowledge to cure certain ailments like muteness and blindness.
- Meaningful Name: In the Fist of the North Star pilot illustrated by Tetsuo Hara before working with Buronson, Kenshiro's name was written in kanji characters that literally meant the "Fourth Son of the Fist"(拳四郎).
- Mid-Season Upgrade: Acquires a small one when he inherits Ein's weighted gloves after the Celestial Emperor arc, making his punches hit slightly harder.
- New Powers as the Plot Demands: Kenshiro has a Hokuto Shinken technique for everything. Everything.
- Nice Guy: The Ur-Example. He is one of the most benevolent, affable and gentle Hokuto Shinken practitioners in history. Just don't do anything that can be considered evil under his eyes, or he will brutally kill you. And that's saying a lot about this guy.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Failing to put Jagi out of his misery when he had the chance not only ruined his own life, as well as Yuria, Shin, Rei and Airi, but threw away the lives of countless innocents in the process. Thankfully, Ken learned his lesson and did not show Jagi mercy in their second fight.
- No-Sell: Kenshiro often lets enemies take pot-shots at him and for him it's not even worth the energy to bother noticing it, including taking a two-handed smash from a 40' giant inside an abandoned prison or getting pin-cushioned with throwing darts from neo-fascist soldier wannabes.
- One-Man Army: He officially becomes one after his biggest achievement.
- Pædo Hunt: Being the Friend to All Children, he will find bad guys who molested or abused any child and kill them.
- Papa Wolf: See Friend to All Children above.
- The Paralyzer: Although he mostly uses his Hokuto Shinken to make his enemies explode messily when he touches them, he can also use it to create less messy effects, including paralysis and even healing of blindness.
- Pay Evil unto Evil: While he himself is Lawful Good, he does kill most of his opponents in painful and gory ways, mostly because of Karmic Death, and every Mook seems to be a complete scumbag and incapable of doing right.
- Power Copying: The Hokuto Shinken technique Suieishin allows Kenshiro to learn an opponent's techniques just from fighting or observing them. Two notable examples is during Kenshiro's fight with Shew by using Nanto Seiken techniques and when Kenshiro confronts Raoh in his rush to find the Last General of Nanto, where he uses Toki's stance and one of Rei's techniques. Rihaku (and in the anime, Raoh) see the spirits of the fighters that Kenshiro has fought and learned from. More explicitly evoked by a blinded Kenshiro in the anime when several of Raoh's biker troops tried to stop him from reaching the General: the troops deliberately revved their engines in hopes that it would drown out the sound of their attack, thus Kenshiro drew upon his experience with Shew to defeat them.
- Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: He delivers this frequently to Mooks who end up pissing him off. Probably the biggest goes to Thouzer after he has Shew killed:Ken: THOUZER! When I am done with you, there won't be anything left of you in this world!
- Pre-Mortem One-Liner: His signature "You are already dead", which may or may not double as a Bond One-Liner, since he says it after "killing" his opponent, but before they actually die...
- Never abuse a child in front of Kenshiro or let him find out you killed them. Just don't; Zeed, Spade, Diamond, the Golan Organization, Jackal, the Fang Clan, Jagi, Amiiba, Thouzer, etc. all learned this the hard and painful way.
- It's also a VERY bad idea to abuse women in front of Kenshiro. See Wife-Basher Basher.
- Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: Hokuto Hyakuretsu Ken, delivered with his trademark "ATATATATATATATATATATATATATA!"
- Rated M for Manly: Not only he is designed to be a big badass all around, he ditches all of the emotional turmoil of some other characters and has only the wish to protect the innocent from evil-doers. Theres also his muscular physique and the way he kills the most vile of villains. Manliness, thy name is Kenshiro!
- Right Makes Might: This might as well be tattooed on Kenshiro's knuckles so it's the last thing a mook sees before his fist goes right through his face. Kenshiro's fighting prowess comes from Hokuto Shinken. Kenshiro's STRENGTH comes from the righteousness of his cause and his unwillingness to ever give up.
- Shipper on Deck: Believes Rin should love Bat, not him, and he gets them together at the end of the manga.
- Showy Invincible Hero: Aside from a few Out Of Character Moments, Ken is typically portrayed as utterly invincible. What makes him interesting, typically, isn't if he can defeat a particular character, but how he's going to do it, and how cool/gruesome it's going to be.
- Single-Target Sexuality: The very final moments of the Manga is spent on love relationships, in this case trying to tie them, Bat tries to have an amnesiac Kenshiro and Rin together, it doesnt work, Kenshiro has Bat accept his feelings and make Rin happy himself; it gets to the point where Ken has a vision of Yuria herself telling him to move on and find another love, the manga shows Mamiya is still readily available even, Ken refuses, he has steeled his heart to the point where he will never love another woman, Yuria was the only woman in Kens life and then reasoning that he should die alone in the desert, fighting for someone in need.
- Sleeves Are for Wimps: Kenshiro's wardrobe consists almost entirely of sleeveless vests and and undershirts. In fact, the first time we see Kenshiro wearing a jacket with sleeves was in the flashback when he suffered his first major defeat at the hands of Shin, playing this trope literally straight. And while Ken does occasionally wear jacket with sleeves at later story arcs in the manga (most notably when he sails to Shura), he mostly sticks to a standardized design in the anime adaptations.
- The Stoic: Some of the time. Other times he is either a raging avenger...or a bit of a snarker as Jackal can attest to.
- Super Strength: Some of his feats include bending open prison bars, wielding a steel I-beam like a broomstick, stopping the charge of a 500 kg man with six fingers, and plugging a burst dam by carrying a huge chunk of a mountain to it. "100% of the body's potential" indeed.
- Tender Tears: Being a merciless death machine on two legs notwithstanding, Kenshiro is still one of the most sensitive and kind-hearted men in 1980s manga. He may actually cry these more than Manly Tears, if you can believe it.
- Think Nothing of It: Helping innocent people to him is not a duty, but the right thing for a man to do.
- Took a Level in Badass: Practically what the first story arc in the franchise was about. He lost to Shin within seconds and spends a year constantly battling and improving skills for a rematch. Especially true for the anime who devotes an entire season of filler showing him battling a variety of different superhuman opponents and martial artists and portraying his progress in improvements before he finally confronts Shin.
- Touch of Death: In increasingly elaborate forms
- Tragic Hero: Anyone tied to him via the bonds of family and friendship are doomed to a violent, tragic death, hence his refusal to ever settle down after Yuria's death. When he left Rin's town in the first chapter of the manga, the village elder explained to Rin that this trope was the reason: where the successor of Hokuto Shinken treads, death follows.
- Trash Talk: Probably should have its own page. One gem:Ken: (To Shin) "I didn't think you'd get into the pig breeding business."Mr. Heart: "Ho-ho. You dare call me a pig??"Ken: "That's right. Pigs belong in the slaughter house."
- Unexpected Successor: Kenshiro upset the odds when he became the 64th successor, since Toki was in the running lead, until his deteriorating health forced Ryuken to reconsider.
- Unlimited Wardrobe: No matter how many times it explodes when he gets enraged, Ken will always have an exact replica of his shirt and jacket by the next episode. One episode shows him repairing a show so its likely he receives supplies from grateful villagers for this purpose.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: He is this in spades, much to the delight of fan girls.
- When He Smiles: Kenshiro unsurprisingly doesn't smile much, but whenever he does, it's the warmest, most loving sight imaginable. Children are the most common reason he'll crack a smile (indeed, the first smile he gives in the series is to Rin).
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: He is noble, compassionate and kind-hearted to the core in a Crapsack World where only the only law is the survival of the fittest. When they met and Bat saw that he would not lift one finger to break out of the jail to protect a little girl, Bat wondered how he had survived so long. Shortly afterwards Bat learned exactly why Ken can afford to be nice.
- Wife-Basher Basher: You think Ken's usual techniques are cruel? You haven't see what he does to those who dare to hit women... ooh, boy...
- Windows of the Soul: Kenshiro knows about sadness better than anyone. And if he happens to see a palatable sadness in your eyes while you're trying to engage him in a fight, 9 times out of 10 he'll pull his punches in order to make an effort to understand your plight.
- World's Best Warrior: Goes hand-in-hand with being The Ace. The only people to have decisively beaten him were Shin, Thouzer and Kaioh, and lightning did not strike twice for them.
- Would Hurt a Child: Albeit far less brutally than he would hit an enemy, Kenshiro has beaten Bat at least once (Episode 2). And not just a Dope Slap at that. To be fair, this was shortly after the two had met, where Bat was still a bratty little punk and hadn't started to mature.
- You Are Already Dead: The Trope Namer, and his Catchphrase; "Omae wa mou shinderu", translated to "You're already dead". Hokuto Shinken techniques have this general effect. The phrase is delivered just before the gruesome results.
- Your Head A-Splode: One of the more common occurrences when Kenshiro uses a Hokuto Shinken technique, although he gets far more creative later on than simply internally, exploding heads.
Voiced by (Japanese): Norio Wakamoto (TV animenote ), Kenji Utsumi (TV anime, movie, Twin Blue Stars Of Judgment), Takashi Ukaji (Legends of the True Savior, Legends of the Dark King), Tessho Genda (Legend of Heroes and J-Stars Victory Vs.), Fumihiko Tachiki (Ken's Rage), Masami Iwasaki (Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise)
Voiced by (English): John Snyder (TV anime), G. Larry Butler (TV anime, recut dub), Wally Burr (The Movie), Andrew Love (New Fist of the North Star), Dave B. Mitchell (Ken's Rage), Patrick Seitz (Lost Paradise)
The self-proclaimed Ken-Oh (拳王; "King of Fists") and the "Conqueror of the Century's End" (世紀末覇者; Seikimatsu Hasha), Raoh is the Aloof Big Brother of Kenshiro and Toki and leads his army to deliver order to the land with an iron fist. Despite being a cruel, ruthless tyrant, Raoh is shown to have compassion deep in his heart and mourns for the fact that he has to kill his brothers to achieve his goals, but places his ambition above anything else. When he discovers that Yuria is the Last General of Nanto and takes her for himself, he finds he cannot defeat Kenshiro, who has learned the ultimate Hokuto Shinken technique Musou Tensei. He decides to kill Yuria, believing that by killing her he will come to learn of sorrow and achieve the technique, until she reveals she is already dying from radiation sickness. Admitting his love and sorrow over her impending doom, Raoh extends her life, which also enables him to learn Musou Tensei, but at the cost of being unable to best his adoptive brother.
When Raoh is defeated by Kenshiro, he commends his younger brother and raises his fist, dying in a pillar of his own energy and restoring sunlight to the dying world.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Raoh originally had blond hair in the manga, but was given black hair in the early anime series and movie, although his earlier design for the movie (as seen in a pre-production teaser) depicted him blond. Legends of the True Savior reverts it back to platinum/silver, until Legends of the Dark King gave him blond hair again.
- Adaptational Badass: His first fight with Kenshiro was originally a stalemate. He and Kenshiro beat each other and would have both died had Toki not intervened and separated them. After the fight, Raoh walked away (though with difficulty) but took longer to heal his wounds, whilst Ken collapsed immediately but his wounds healed faster. In the 1986 film Raoh is the definitive winner of the fight, he defeats Ken, and Toki can't stop him on account of being Adapted Out. The only reason he doesn't kill him is because Lin intervenes.
- Adaptational Heroism: Slightly in the anime. In the manga, he separates a family after gaining a man's martial arts techniques, which causes the family Death by Despair. This Kick the Dog moment is instead given to Uighur in the anime. Also, during Ryuga's flashback in the manga, when he comes across a village that believes in non-violence, Raoh kills their leader, as he is disgusted by his choice to give up defending himself. In the anime, while he does beat him up, he doesn't kill him.
- Ambiguously Brown: In the 1980's animated adaptations he's drawn with a darker skin tone than what the manga implies. Most video games carry this over.
- Anti-Villain: For what it's worth, Raoh did make the world a better place, by giving his life and light to the world and, as the Den movies show, killing the less altruistic of his lieutenants.
- Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: His death could be interpreted as this, since not only did he leave his body behind when he died, but he also died without regrets, a sign of higher understanding of the human condition.
- Aloof Big Brother: To Kenshiro and Toki.
- Cain and Abel: The "Cain" to Toki's "Abel". Same with Kenshiro.
- Ambition Is Evil: Ultimately subverted; Raoh's goal of bringing order to the chaotic land is noble, but his methods aren't.
- Badass Cape: It isn't just for show either, since this is the method he uses to give Rei a slow, painful death.
- Berserk Button: He has a few:
- if you're one of his henchmen, don't do anything that would turn the name Ken-Oh into a four letter word for the citizenry, or he'll see to it that Koku-Oh stuffs a horseshoe up your ass.
- while Raoh makes it his job to strongarm the compliance out of the territories he conquers, he absolutely detests those who go out of their way to act completely docile, most especially if no effort is made at all to protect the women and children. One village of pacifists who claim to "use non violence as a weapon" against any bandits that pass by their village put Raoh in a pimp slap sort of mood.
- Big Bad: Of the first half.
- Boss Subtitles: "The Ruthless Conqueror - Raoh"
- Boring Invincible Hero: In Legends of the Dark King
- Big Brother Worship: At both ends. Kenshiro and Toki loved and admired him before he began his conquest. He himself loved and admired his eldest brother Kaioh. However Kaioh turned to evil and he considers it his biggest failure and asks Kenshiro to defeat him if he's defeated by the latter.
- Blasphemous Boast: This exchange with Ryuken:Ryuken: "Raoh. What do you intend to use Hokuto Shinken for?"Raoh: "Obviously for myself!"Ryuken: "... To what end?"(Raoh points his finger skyward with a thrust)Raoh: "The Heavens!!"Ryuken: "So you seek to seat yourself in God's Throne of Power? God would not allow it."Raoh: "In that case, I will fight God himself!"
- Break Out Villain: Easily one of the most popular villains and characters in the manga owing to his badassery and his multifaceted character. Raoh has received the most spin-offs and side material than any other secondary character and the manga even has him as the protagonist in several of the later chapters.
- Character Development: He becomes a better person over the course of his conflict with his brothers, and ultimately perishes having achieved the spiritual enlightenment he once scorned.
- Chinese People: The later story arcs and Fist of the Blue Sky reveals he is this.
- Cool Helmet: Raoh wears an awesome-looking horned one. Breaking it is a sign that the one who did it is a force to be reckoned with.
- Cool Horse: The elephant-sized black stallion Koku-Oh, whom Raoh singlehandedly tamed.
- Dark Messiah: After the nuclear apocalypse that engulfed the world, he took the name Ken-Oh (meaning "King of Fist") and began a campaign of conquest to take over what was left, and instill order in a chaotic age. His name became feared, especially by enemies; and revered by his loyal followers. He is however, like his brothers, Kenshiro and Toki, considered to be a hero of Hokuto Shinken, and had the appellation: "The Conqueror of the Century's End", in contrast to Kenshiro: "The Savior of the Century's End".
- Darth Vader Clone: Let's see: Large and in Charge? Check. Related to the main character? Check. Large Redshirt Army at his disposal? Check. Kills a character important to the main character partway through the series? Check. Member of an ancient warrior tradition? Check. Menacing helmet and cape combo? Check. Defeats The Hero in their initial fight? Check. Hidden Noble Demon qualities? Check. Redemption Equals Death Dying Moment of Awesome after being defeated by The Hero? Check. Really, Raoh isn't so much an Expy of Darth Vader than he is a borderline Captain Ersatz.
- Death Equals Redemption: Alongside redeeming the world with him.
- Death Glare: His default expression, whether he wants it or not; it also has its own sound effect. This particular glare once forced a 400 kg tiger to fear for its life.
- Diabolus ex Machina: For the majority of the last arc in the first series; one would think he could be the protagonist with all the lucky breaks he gets.
- Died Standing Up: One of fiction's most famous examples.
- Difficult, but Awesome: In Twin Blue Stars Of Judgment, he's one of, if not, the hardest character to learn, being the most Combo-oriented character with chains that deplete all of his opponent's life (even without the Mana Meter!), but is offset with poor speed, defense and move mix-up.
- Dope Slap: After their final battle, Raoh rushes Kenshiro over to Yuria's side by backhanding him in the back of the head. It's the bro thing to do.
- The Dreaded: Raoh is such a fearsome tyrant that the name "Ken-Oh" is literally law, and sometimes used by some of his (more repugnant) minions used to justify anything. After recovering from his first battle with Kenshiro, villagers from the territories he took over either pray for his return, or warn of his wrath should said minions step out of line. He also invoked this trope during his battle with Rei by pressing the pressure point Shinketsushuu to give him a slow and agonizing death that lasts for three days so that his example will have all fear the name of "Ken-oh".
- Dub Name Change: Called 'Raul' in the William Winckler Productions recut dubs.
- Dying Moment of Awesome: He sends his fist towards the heavens, says his Famous Last Words and projects all his energy into the sky, bringing light to the desolate waste lands and becoming a statue in the process. He commits a Heroic Sacrifice for the whole world.
- Easily Forgiven: Is revered with honor and love posthumously, despite murdering his own adoptive father Ryuken, sentencing Rei to a slow, agonizing death and brutalizing anyone else who stood in his way.
- Emotional Bruiser: As much as he tries to deny it, Raoh has a heart just as sensitive and kind as Toki's.
- Even Evil Has Standards: For all the blood he has shed to build his empire, Raoh does love and protect his citizens like a father, and does not tolerate senseless torture and brutality of helpless innocents who are (despite his issues) loyal to him, as his army of sadistic henchmen who thought he had "disappeared" found out rather painfully. He has a practially chivalrous hatred towards those who beat, kill or rape women. See Wife-Basher Basher.
- In the Legend of Raoh: Chapter of Fierce Fighting, he justifies himself to the spirit of Ryuken by claiming that in effect, his unitary force is actually preventing them from being unleashed onto everyone else, and that he's planning to remove them when the time is right. He's not kidding about the latter, but he'd felt that he couldn't tell anyone else.
- Despite his ambition to conquer the world, he (ironically, like Jagi in the manga Spin-Off Flower of Carnage) would never completely turn himself away from his duty as a Hokuto Shinken practitioner. Raoh went to Kenshiro's second fight with Thouzer to watch Kenshiro die, but even he felt obligated to verbally retort Thouzer when he began mocking their martial art. He also killed one of Thouzer's men for attempting to kill Kenshiro before the fight even began.
- Despite him stating that he will crush anyone in the way of his ambition, he spares Toki's life after he defeats him, saddened by how much the radiation sickness has ravaged his body, the hero-worship Toki still has for him, and the extent Toki is willing to go to keep his promise of stopping Raoh should he go astray (going as far as Toki hitting his own pressure points and giving up what remaining time he has left alive in exchange to match Raoh's strength, only to still lose in the end). He likewise couldn't bring it in himself to kill Yuria when he discovers she's dying from the same illness, even if it could have made him complete his Musou Tensei, and in fact extends her life by a few years USING his own life force, thus hampering his abilities in his final battle with Kenshiro with the Hokuto Shinken successor admitting he only won because Raoh was not fully prepared in the climatic battle.
- During a flashback in the Celestial Empire arc Raoh and his army attempted to invade the Gento village. Falco, the leader, severs his own leg as a peace offering so they would be spared. Raoh acknowledges the action and leaves the village alone, but not before attacking the treacherous and cowardly Jakoh. Raoh is disgusted by Jakoh's attempts to barter the village for his own safety and even tells Falco that he's better off killing him as Jakoh's an evil man who would lead them all to ruin.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones:
- Toki. Being blood brothers, Raoh and Toki always loved each other with fraternal love, ever since they were kids. Back then, Raoh already had a huge soft spot for him. Raoh's brotherly love for Toki even moved Ryuken's heart and made him adopt both brothers as his Hokuto Shinken disciples. Even years later, as an adult Raoh declares his intention to conquer the world and even seize the heavens and becomes a mighty warlord, he finds his dear brother blocking the road to his ambitions (because of a promise Raoh himself made Toki make to him when they were still kids, that if Raoh's ambitions ever turned him evil, Toki would stop him), and both engaged each other in mortal fight, with Raoh ultimately emerging as the victor. However, Raoh came to tears after seeing his beloved younger brother's vitality ravaged and consumed by illness... and couldn't bring himself to kill Toki. Even as Raoh falls defeated by Kenshiro, he declares Toki was the only one who he truly loved as a brother.
- Yuria. At first, however, unlike Toki who Raoh genuinely loves, he merely sees Yuria as a woman to be possesed; at first his feelings for her don't even resemble true love, as he simply attempts to seize her for himself unlike Toki (who also loved Yuria, but respected her and wanted her to be happy with Kenshiro). When Raoh realizes that maybe he will never reach Yuria's heart (when Toh suicides, shortly after declaring her love for him, and he rebuffs her) he promptly declares he will kill her instead. However once he captures Yuria and she accepts to be killed by his hand, Yuria coughs blood and he realizes she's actually dying; thus it dawns on him that Yuria has accepted her fate with calmness and serenity, and instead of killing her he spares her life, going so far as to extend her diminishing lifespan by a few years via pressing one of her vital points in the anime.
- HeelFace Turn: By the end of the series timeline, he's killed his less trustworthy generals to ensure no power vaccuum chaos, granted Yuria at least some more years of life to live in peace with Ken and given his own life to bring light to a blighted world.
- Fallen Hero: Raoh left his homeland of Shura promising to come back and liberate it. By the time he was an adult, various happenings throughout his life made him the ruthless, merciless conqueror of nations that the world feared him as.
- Famous Last Words: "わがしょうがいにいっぺんのくいなし!!" (Waga shougai ni ippen no kui nashi!!; "My life was one lived without a single regret!!")
- Fighting Spirit: Raoh's touki is so strong, he can attack an enemy without moving a muscle. Exemplified when Rei attempts to strike down Raoh on horseback, but is knocked away by his immense touki; Rei envisions it as a flurry of fists.
- Genius Bruiser: Although he prefers to use brute force and violence to resolve situations, he is shown on many occasions to be cautious and analytical even outside of battle. On top of having the leadership abilities to create a military force on the same level of organization as that of the Roman legions and developing the necessary infrastructure to lead the gloomy world into a more stable and relatively peaceful one.
- A God Am I: He intends to literally take down God himself in becoming one.
- God-Emperor: Sees himself as one. He will not allow people to praise any saviors other than himself, and will try to eliminate any opposition.
- A Good Way to Die: He dies bringing light to the desolate wasteland without a single regret.
- Go Out with a Smile: ...and a defiant fist to Heaven!
- Graceful Loser: Broken-and-defeated by Kenshiro, Raoh holds the young warrior's face for the first and final time like a big brother:Raoh: "Come, let me see the face of the man who has defeated Raoh. You are magnificent, my little brother."Kenshiro: "Big brother..."
- Hero Killer: Introduced in the main storyline by having Rei's days numbered and counting down painfully.
- Hidden Heart of Gold: Very well hidden, unless you earn his respect like Shew, Shuren, Juza, Yuria and finally Kenshiro did.
- Hope Bringer: To his subjects, as they know he's hard but fair. It goes to the point that in one village people were still desperate even when Kenshiro showed up to deal with Raoh's rogue soldiers, but immediately recovered their hope when Raoh's second in command Ryuuga appeared.
- Horrible Judge of Character: For someone who wanted to restore peace and stability, Raoh sure picked some shifty generals. However, this is averted in Legend of Raoh: Chapter of Fierce Fighting, where he's entirely aware of his underlings' tendencies, but feels that he can't remove them...yet.
- I Did What I Had to Do: In Legends of the Dark King, he realizes that in order to change the world, he will have to become like a demon, even though he loses the trust of his allies in doing so.
- If I Can't Have You...: Raoh vows to make Yuria his lover or kill her trying. He winds up extending her life by a bit more.
- I Regret Nothing: Potentially a contender for Trope Codifier. See Famous Last Words.
- Jerkass: He appears to be a ruthless and iron fisted monarch with a callous disregard for human life... except he is actually an extremely kind-hearted, very chivalrous individual.
- Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: From the innocent wish of an idealistic boy was a sea of blood and tears shed:Young Raoh: "I will return to the Land of Shura, the greatest warrior under Heaven, to defend and protect everybody."
- Kamehame Hadoken: Hokuto Gosho Ha and Tenshou Honretsu, the former with one hand and the latter with both hands and a boatload of touki. Ken eventually uses these moves in honour of him against the likes of Baran. In Twin Blue Stars of Judgment, Raoh's boss form has a buffed Gosho Ha as a super.
- Knight of Cerebus: Everyone before Raoh had no success in attempting to defeat Kenshiro and his allies. Raoh, in his first encounter, manages to actually hit Rei with a fatal technique (of course, it didnt kill him right away) and fought Kenshiro to a draw, the first time in the story Kenshiro had failed to defeat someone- provided they didnt run away, of course.
- Kung-Fu Jesus: He LITERALLY brings light and hope back to the world by giving his remaining-life force to Heaven.
- Large and in Charge: Raoh stands at 6'11", according to his official bio. The only other characters in canon larger than him are Fudoh of the Mountains and the Devil's Rebirth. His already imposing presence means he's somewhat rarely drawn larger than them, anyways.
- Love Redeems: For what it's worth, his love for Yuria ends up making him a better person.
- Men Don't Cry: Invoked, then later subverted. In his youth, he expressed this belief to Toki, saying it's a sign of strength. But when he fought him in a death match, he cried for the first time probably decades, moved by the tragedy of Toki's life. He later explained he held back those tears to honor him. He likewise is brought to tears when Yuria willingly agrees to die by his hand in order to learn Musou Tensei, for the sake of bringing light to the world again.
- Necessarily Evil: Bringing peace to a war-torn planet through sheer brute force.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: If he hadn't taught Kenshiro kung fu while they were children, Kenshiro never would have become the successor.
- Noble Demon: Raoh is mostly this with hints of a Utopia Justifies the Means Tragic Villain. Sure, he'll subjugate the people of the wasteland to his will, but if his men are ruthlessly torturing villagers, then he won't hesitate to trample them to death atop his Cool Horse Kokuoh-go. Additionally, Raoh sheds a river of Tender Tears when his weaker, radiation-addled brother, Toki, cannot fulfill his childhood promise to stop Raoh's ambitions. Raoh openly shows respect for the bravery of the heroes who fall in battle, and notably orders his men to give Juza a Hero's Funeral for putting up an exceptionally valiant fight against him. He sheds further Tender Tears when compelled to kill Yuria, the final step in his transformation to godhood, yet could not because even a tyrant like him was deeply moved with respect for her kindness and nobility. The fact that he doesn't even kill Yuria but prolongs her life in spite of her radiation sickness so she can live on with Kenshiro shows his Vader-like redemption from Noble Demon to affectionate older brother.
- One-Man Army: Like Toki and Kenshiro, Raoh is a hugely powerful fighting force on his own and has easily taken down entire squadrons sent to kill him.
- The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: He helps Kenshiro escape from Thouzer's men at one point, and has him bandaged up after his defeat by Thouzer for this very reason in Legend of Raoh: Chapter of Love in Death.
- Posthumous Character: Becomes one in future story arcs following his death. It's easy to tell if a character is going to be important by whether or not Raoh was somehow involved in their back-story (Falco, Jakoh, Akashachi or any of the Hokuto Ryūken practitioners). Bonus points if the character was actually related to Raoh (Kaioh and Sayaka or his son Ryu).
- Rated M for Manly: One of the few characters on par with Kenshiro in terms of manliness.
- Rival Turned Evil: Raoh was merely one of the Hokuto successors once upon a time. Losing the successorship to Kenshiro, a long with his unbridled ambitions going unopposed at the time, led to his rise as a nigh unstoppable dictator and an enemy of Ken.
- Serious Business: To coincide with the release of Legend of Raoh: Chapter of Love in Death, a Real Life funeral was arranged for him, although mainly done as a publicity stunt.
- SNK Boss: In his Ken-Oh persona for Twin Blue Stars Of Judgment, Raoh has increased offense and defense, and has a more powerful version of Tenshou Honretsu at his disposal (essentially the true version of the technique).
- Sparing the Aces: When he defeats Toki, instead of killing him like he does to anyone who opposes him, he carves his fist into the ground near his face, out of grief that the younger brother who followed his example and equalled him could have defeated him, if not for the radiation sickness slowly killing him. He wishes that Toki spend the remainder of his life in peace.
- Spotlight-Stealing Squad: After Toki's death, the series becomes more focused on Raoh than it does about Kenshiro.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Kenshiro's Rival Turned Evil who attempts to conquer the world and falls in love with Yuria before being defeated by Kenshiro in a tearjerking rematch. Are we talking about Raoh or Shin?
- Even their aliases are similar: Shin, until his reveal, was known as "King", while Raoh is Ken-Oh, the "King of Fists".
- The underlying themes behind the two characters are similar as well. Shin wants to win Yuria's heart but is unable to do so because of his tyrannical nature, and Raoh wants to bring peace to the world but is unable to do so for similar reasons. In contrast, Kenshiro is able to accomplish both of these things because he's sensitive and kindhearted.
- Tender Tears: The only times where Raoh EVER cries is to show how soft-hearted and kind a person he is deep inside, rather than how macho he can be.
- Terror Hero: In Legends of the Dark King, at a point where he is just starting to build his empire, he is asked how he will rule over his subjects. He decides that fear will be the best way to govern people.
- Third-Person Person: In accordance with his monumental arrogance, he's fond of referring to himself as "Raoh" or Ken-Oh.
- Unskilled, but Strong: In Legends of the Dark King, Raoh claims he doesn't need the kind of precise control that Toki is capable of, and that only strength matters in achieving victory.
- Unstoppable Rage: When he realized that he still feared Fudoh, and his men shot massive arrows through Fudoh when the latter made him retreat past a line he marked, despite giving his men explicit orders that they should shoot him should he cross that line. He later took his anger out on his men violently.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: There also was a young boy, left orphaned with his younger brother, who knew that crying will not make things better, and instead aspired to become stronger along with his brother. As the two get adopted by a martial arts master, the two finally learn to become stronger and this young child aspires to greater glory in his quest for strength. This boy grew up to be Raoh, but his story does have a happier ending.
- Utopia Justifies the Means:
- He is actually kinda liked by the people for the fact that he conquers, but doesn't destroy. The fact that he actually loves and protects subjects loyal to him like a father would his children really helps. At one point, Raoh comes across his men massacring helpless villagers. He has them all line up and kneel before him... and then crushes them all beneath the hooves of his monster horse.
- Shin outright states that he plans to achieve utopia through slave labor and murderous henchmen.
- Villain Has a Point: In the 1986 film, right before he kills Ryuken, he points out a crippling flaw in the laws of Hokuto Shinken; by only allowing Ryuken's successor to use the martial art and making all the other students swear off using it. It would mean if the Grandmaster dies before passing the martial art down, Hokuto Shinken would be doomed to be a lost art. Ryuken actually concedes to Roah that he's mostly right, but still points out he knows Roah will use Hokuto Shinken solely for his own ends.
- Villain Protagonist: Raoh is arguably the protagonist of the series in the original saga's last arc, as all the major battles feature him and revolve around his ambition and eventual redemption. He's also the player character in the hardest difficulty route in Fighting Mania.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Raoh is ruthless and uncompromising, yes, but his aim to bring order to the wasteland, by any means necessary, isn't exactly heinous on paper. Its the methods he employs that makes him an extremist.
- Wife-Basher Basher: Not only is Raoh one of the few tyrants in the post-apocalypse to have never harmed a woman, he despises those who do. This is demonstrated in the manga wherein he slaps the head clean off a rapist who served in his army upon finding out the bastard has been up to his old tricks in his absence. This major Pet the Dog moment is unfortunately ruined in the Animated Adaptation, wherein the slapper is changed to Kenshiro. In his own spinoff series, a young girl is raped and killed by bandits. Raoh avenges her by turning them into ground chuck with fists.
- Would Hurt a Child: Would threaten to, anyway, to force Fudo to fight him. It's not clear if he would have actually carried through, but he doesn't seem to show any concern about their fates after killing Fudo.
Voiced by (Japanese): Takaya Hashi (TV anime, Twin Blue Stars Of Judgment), Hideyuki Tanaka (OVA), Kenyuu Horiuchi (Legends of the True Savior), Hiroki Tochi (Legends of the Dark King), Tomokazu Seki (Ken's Rage), Shunsuke Sakuya (Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise)
Voiced by (English): Kirk Thornton (TV anime; Lost Paradise), Kyle Rea (TV anime, recut dub), Charles Campbell (New Fist of the North Star), David Wald (Legends of the Dark King), David Lodge (Ken's Rage)
The second eldest of the Hokuto Shinken brothers, Toki is also the biological younger brother of Raoh. Upon leaving the Land of Shura (originally, they left after their home village was destroyed), the siblings were taken in by Ryuken to be trained in Hokuto Shinken. Toki, who was a more passive individual and does not fight unless he is pressed to do so, believed that by manipulating the body's pressure points gently, it can be used to heal the human body and began developing techniques for this "healing art". When the nuclear war began, in order for Kenshiro and Yuria to be safe within a fallout shelter with other survivors, Toki sealed himself out and was exposed to radiation, turning his hair white. After Kenshiro is appointed the new successor, Toki left to establish the "Village of Miracles", where he heals the sick and wounded with his knowledge of Hokuto Shinken and its healing capabilities.
When Raoh began his conquering of the world, he ordered Toki to be imprisoned in the city prison "Cassandra". Upon being rescued by Kenshiro, Toki decides to face Raoh to fulfill an old promise to his brother and kill him to prevent his ambitions from succeeding. Unfortunately, Toki's radiation sickness has taken its toll and is defeated by Raoh. However, his brother does not wish to end his life and urges him to live whatever days he has left in peace. While Toki continues to heal the sick, Ryuga comes to the Village of Miracles to assassinate him, hoping that by killing Toki, it would help awaken the sadness within Kenshiro's heart and give him the strength needed to defeat Raoh. Toki complies with Ryuga's actions and is mortally wounded, but survives long enough after Kenshiro defeats Ryuga to tell his adoptive brother to use his and Ryuga's deaths to empower himself through sorrow.
- The Ace: Subverted; Toki's radiation sickness saps much of his physical might, which, even though he's still one of the absolute deadliest fighters in Fist of the North Star canon, severely handicaps him from being the top. If he wasn't affected, Toki could easily be called the most enlightened, physically capable, unbeatable human being on the face of the planet.
- Adapted Out: Despite having a large role in the original story, Toki was removed in the animated movie, and Kenshiro is left with only 2 brothers.
- Badass Beard
- Badass in Distress: In the Cassandra prison he never lost his composure.
- Bad Powers, Good People: Hokuto Shinken is an assassination art, feared across the land. Toki, however, uses it as a healing art. When forced to kill others, he even goes as far as to use his powers to make his victims feel euphoria and happiness in the moments before their death.
- Beware the Nice Ones: As a child, he gives a bandit a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown for killing his pet dog. As a pacifist, he'll kill his enemies without ever touching them.
- Big Brother Mentor: Toki was a wise and benevolent man, and a caring brother. He was the one Kenshiro was closest to, and Toki helped shape him into the man he would become.
- Bittersweet Ending: In Legend of Toki, rather than being entangled with the Ryuga plotline, Toki returns to the Village of Miracles with his Love Interest Sara, presumably to live out his remaining days in peace. He finally dies from illness in Legend of Raoh: Chapter of Fierce Fighting.
- Boss Subtitles: "Maker of Miracles - Toki"
- Broken Pedestal: He has always loved and admired his older brother Raoh. However Raoh's ambitions caused his Start of Darkness to the point that Raoh himself told Toki if he went the wrong path, he'd be the one to seal his fists.
- Chinese People: Via later story arcs and Fist of the Blue Sky.
- Combat Medic: As a prodigy of the Hokuto Shinken and being able to make a healing art based on it.
- Dangerous Forbidden Technique: The pressure point Sekkatsukō grants a person increased strength at the cost of shortening their lifespan. Toki had to secretly use this pressure point on himself during his duel with Raoh, but his brother saw through the ruse when he does not believe a terminally ill Toki can just be as strong as him.
- Dead All Along: Gracefully done in the aftermath of Kenshiro's fight with Ryuga.
- Disease Bleach: Before the war, he had very dark hair. After falling ill with radiation poisoning, however, it has changed to a ghostly pale grey.
- Emotional Bruiser: More subdued than Kenshiro, but he has just a great smile that's warm and kind like his adoptive brother.
- Genius Bruiser: Of all the four brothers, Toki is easily the most skilled at the medical aspect of Hokuto Shinken to the point he knows of healing methods not even Kenshiro does and he quickly figured out the secret to Souther's invincibility without even witnessing the Nanto master in combat.
- A Good Way to Die: He chooses to die forgiving the murderous Ryuga for his actions and cradles the dying man in his final moments, as merciful in death as he was in life.
- Handicapped Badass: His terminal illness saps much of his strength and it gives him an Incurable Cough of Death. He is still THE most formidable fighter in the entire series, only surpassed by Kenshiro and Raoh because of their health. A healthy Toki wouldn't even be TOUCHED by Kenshiro or Raoh, let alone anyone else in the series.
- Healing Hands: Toki is such a prodigy that he perfected Hokuto Shinken into Hokuto Ujou Ken, a martial art whose main function is to heal, and were he to use it in self-defense, kills the enemy with no pain. He quickly became legendary for healing the sick and injured, and the village he resided in became known as the Village of Miracles for it.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Twice - first through contracting radiation poisoning after closing the doors of a fallout shelter from the outside to save Kenshiro, Yuria, and dozens of others, and the second by going through with Ryuga's plan to awaken true sadness in Kenshiro to help him unlock Musou Tensei.
- Honor Before Reason: He allows Raoh to escape after his first fight with Kenshiro.
- Subverted and played straight at the same time: while letting Raoh go was partially out of love for his brother and not wanting to see him die, he acknowledged that if the three of them kept fighting, they would all die that day. The brothers unanimously agree that a world with all of them dead is far worse off than one of them alive.
- He chose to hit a pressure point that would end his life even sooner then fight Raoh with the Hard Fist style instead of his own Gentle Fist style to honor his brother's influence on his fist. Toki loses their fight for this decision.
- Hope Bringer: Oh, so much. He dedicates his life to easing the pain of the forsaken and defending the weak.
- Ill Boy: Since the nuclear war he is afflicted with radiation poisoning, which slows him down a bit.
- Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Even MORE idealistic and benign than Kenshiro. Part of what made Kenshiro such a good person is because he had a big brother like Toki to guide and inspire him.
- Kung-Fu Jesus: Almost literally, and practically his Fan Nickname, thanks to his most famous technique Hokuto Ujou Hagan Ken becoming nicknamed the "Jesus Beam". He even looks the part, unlike his other two brothers with this trope.
- Locked into Strangeness: His hair turned white due to radiation and protecting people by sealing the bomb shelter.
- Looks Like Jesus: As if his messianic behaviour wasn't enough to clue you in...
- Martial Medic: Toki uses his Hokuto knowledge as a means to cure the sick and weakened, and set up the Village of Miracles to better make use of Hokuto as a medical art for the people there. When he has to kill, he uses his fighitng style to ensure that his enemies feel bliss in their final moments instead of pain.
- Messianic Archetype: When given the power of the Hokuto arts, he uses them for healing instead of harming, and often performs miracles for sick people. When he has to kill, he uses a technique that causes the victims to experience great euphoria as they die.
- Missed the Call: One of the reasons why Toki was chosen originally to be Ryuken's successor was because Toki was considered a prodigy amongst prodigies in the art of Hokuto Shinken, until fate had other plans. Sapped of his strength from radiation poisoning, he had no choice but to succede to Kenshiro. However, unlike other examples of the trope, Toki was not embittered by this and in fact appreciated being free of the responsibility of succession so he could pursue his vocation as a healer. If anything, his biggest regret was not being the successor, knowing just how much of a huge burden it places on Kenshiro.
- Morality Pet: To his older brother Raoh. The scene during which Raoh defeats Toki and, instead of killing him like he does to anyone who opposes him, spares him out of grief that the younger brother who followed his example and equalled him could have defeated him, if not for the radiation sickness may be one of the most heartwarming of the manga.
- Nice Guy: Even more of a Kung-Fu Jesus than Kenshiro.
- The Paragon: No other character in the series irradiates compassion and goodness like Toki (though Shu and Fudo come close). Toki also seeks to not only help, but guide people to a brighter future. His death was a loss to humanity.
- Sleeves Are for Wimps
- Sparing the Aces: Hokuto Shinken tradition states that those students who do not become the successor must renounce Hokuto Shinken or have their fists destroyed so as not to be able to use it. While Raoh and Jagi keep Hokuto Shinken because they disregard its rules, Toki was spared this fate for a myriad of reasons:
- First, he is a true prodigy among the art's millennial history and it'd be too much of a loss for him not to use it.
- Second, his radiation sickness has crippled his physical health and disallows him from challenging the successor.
- Third, technically Toki does not use ''Hokuto Shinken'', but '''''Hokuto Ujou Ken,''''' a healing art based on the martial art.
- Fourth, there is no one left to seal his fists and Toki promised himself to stop Raoh if he turns evil, which has higher priority than renouncing the art.
- The Smart Guy: Out of all of his brothers, he can be considered this, especially with his vast knowledge on medicine, which led to the Healing Hands.
- Technical Pacifist: When he is forced to fight, Toki's Hokuto Ujou Ken techniques causes no pain; instead, it leaves his opponents with a sense of euphoria and extreme pleasure before an exploding death.
- Tender Tears: Seems to be a prerequisite for being a true son of Hokuto Shinken.
- Too Good for This Sinful Earth: An altruistic, good hearted and beloved doctor, who even spared his enemies agonizing ends, instead choosing ways to kill them that left them feeling heavenly bliss in their last moments, sadly beset by fatal radiation sickness. Then he drastically shortened his life even further with the Sekkatsuko pressure point in a last ditch effort to beat Raoh. He was such that even Raoh fondly remembered him in his last moments.
- Weak, but Skilled: Sort of; due to his illness, he's the physically weakest of the Hokuto disciples, but Kenshiro and Raoh admit they're far outclassed by him in skill and technique. If he had been healthy, neither of them would have been able to touch him.
- Worf Had the Flu: Raoh states that Toki had surpassed him in strength, but Toki's radiation poisoning severely weakened him in both of their fights.
Voiced by (Japanese): Koji Totani (TV anime, Twin Blue Stars Of Judgment), Chikao Ohtsuka (movie), David Itō (Legends of the True Savior), Wataru Takagi (Ken's Rage), Hidenari Ugaki (Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise)
Voiced by (English): Peter Lurie (TV anime), Dan Woren (The Movie), Michael Sorich (Ken's Rage), Edward Bosco (Lost Paradise)
Jagi is the third of Ryuken's four adoptive sons and one of the top contenders of being the most ruthless, sadistic characters in the series (competed with Thouzer). When Ryuken appoints Kenshiro as his successor, Jagi is outraged that the youngest of them is chosen and attempts to physically goad and intimidate Kenshiro to renounce the title. Kenshiro easily beats him, disfiguring his face in the process, but spares his life out of pity. Forced to wear an iron mask to hide his hideously deformed appearance, Jagi swears vengeance and convinces Shin to kidnap Yuria as a slight against Kenshiro. When his brother's reputation as the "Post-Apocalyptic Savior" builds, Jagi gives himself the matching seven scars of the Hokuto constellation on his chest to tarnish Kenshiro's reputation, killing anyone he doesn't fancy. Unlike his brothers, Jagi will use any means to win, by fighting dirty and using weapons in battle meant to be fought hand-to-hand.
After Rei's younger sister Airi is rescued from the Fang Clan, Airi speaks of her kidnapper's cryptic identity and Kenshiro deduces it was Jagi. Facing him on top of a burning building, Kenshiro kills his evil adoptive brother, but not before Jagi maniacally reiterates that Kenshiro must contend with their other Hokuto brothers if he is to prove his worthiness as the successor of Hokuto Shinken.
- Abhorrent Admirer: Gets a whole family of them in the Dream Mode of Ken's Rage.
- Accidental Hero: In his Dream Mode for Ken's Rage, this is what the entire plot is all about. He and Amiba show up at a village to raid it, only to arrive a fraction of a minute after the Fang Clan and Zeed arrive, joining the villagers' favor over to their side simply by showing up and killing them. Next, they manage to run into Thouzer's army while pursuing Zeed and the Fang Clan, eventually defeating the entire Nanto army as a result, earning recognizion as a Hokuto Shinken user from Kenshiro and Toki. When they finally decide that enough is enough, they turn their attention on revenge against Kenshiro and Toki once and for all. However, it's revealed they actually defeated another set of impersonators, boosting their reputations even more while actually believing they had enacted their revenge.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: From black hair to blond in the Toei anime.
- Adapted Out: The Winckler recut dubs remove him from the series.
- ArmorPiercingStatement: In the last moments of his life, Jagi cuts Kenshiro to the core by revealing Toki is still alive.
- Ax-Crazy: The craziest of the Hokuto brothers, and arguably the whole villain roster.
- Bad Boss: It's a miracle Jagi even has henchmen, considering his complete willingness to slaughter them on a whim, making you think what keeps them loyal to him other than trying to not get him mad and take it out on them. Then again, it's been shown time and time again that these sorts of raiders aren't exactly smart to begin with.
- Berserk Button: Rape his girlfriend to death and then gloat about it? You're dead; call him by his name instead of Kenshiro's while he's destroying his adoptive brother's reputation? You're dead; anything involving a "younger brother"? You're dead; reel in terror at his disfigured face? You're really, really, REALLY dead. Bearing a resemblance to Kenshiro? Oh Jagi has really something gruesome for you.....
- Black Sheep: Jagi is a disgrace to Hokuto Shinken AND a disgrace as a human being. It's no coincidence that the "Hokuto brothers" refers to Raoh, Toki, and Kenshiro; even in Ken's Rage, Jagi is considered part of the "Special" category instead (the same category as Mamiya, both being weapons-based characters). Things have changed in the sequel, as Jagi is labelled as one of the Hokuto brothers and the interface pits him alongside Kenshiro, Raoh and Toki, even though he still gets forgotten, like in all other adaptations.
- Boss Subtitles: "Twisted Butcher of Hokuto - Jagi"
- The Brute: Relies more on brute force and tactics rather than the strategy of his brothers
- But for Me, It Was Tuesday: During his confrontation Kenshiro accused him of killing an innocent child. Jagi does not remember it even though it happened a short while ago. When Jagi finally does, he nonchalantly replies "Who cares if I've wasted a kid or two?".
- Cain and Abel: An archetypal example in Shounen with Kenshiro.
- Calling the Old Man Out: Happens twice with Ryuken during Flower of Carnage, both times a defining moment in Jagi's life. First, he calls Ryuken out for not teaching him Hokuto Shinken (Ryuken did not want to because he loved Jagi as his adopted son and wanted to spare him the tragedy that befalls practitioners of Hokuto Shinken). Eventually, Ryuken relents; this is a bad idea. The second time is following the nuclear war and Jagi has lost his girlfriend. He threatens Ryuken and calls him a fool. Kenshiro does not approve, and the rest is history.
- Combat Pragmatist: Jagi makes using underhanded tactics into an art form. He spits needles while charging, uses a shotgun, and picked up a pillar to use against Kenshiro. The ultimate example of this is where he spills a tank of oil and and igniting it, while Kenshiro is on the ground. Naturally, it didn't work, but it's such a great example that it was made into Jagi's "Fatal KO" in Twin Blue Stars Of Judgment.
- Despair Event Horizon: He clearly was close to losing all sense of hope completely when the bombs dropped, but he truly crosses it shortly after the death of his girlfriend Anna after being raped at the hands of a gang in Flower of Carnage. Combined with the news of Kenshiro's succession shortly afterwards, this is what drove him to flat-out monsterdom.
- Die Laughing / My Death Is Just the Beginning: Spends his last moments mocking Kenshiro's complacency with his victory, maliciously taunting that things will get far worse, as their older brothers are still out there.
- Dirty Coward: Has the ignonimy of being the only Hokuto practitioner to beg and grovel for his life in the tradition's entire 1800-year history.
- Evil Chancellor / The Corrupter: He serves this role temporarily to Shin, kicking off the series. One of his many, many moments of pure unadulterated assholeness.
- Face Death with Dignity: One of the few major villains to NOT do this.
- Facial Horror: He wound up on the business end of Kenshiro's fists when he tried to kill him for succession of Hokuto Shinken, resulting in his face being horrifically scarred from swelling that necessitates metal plates and tubs to control. One mook had the misfortune of seeing Jagi's unmasked face and was extremely repulsed before Jagi killed him.
- Fate Worse than Death: Despite being spared by Kenshiro in their first fight, Jagi had to use metal implants to stop his head from erupting, causing him excruciating pain and fueling his desire for revenge.
- For Want of a Nail: So much could have gone better had his minions in Flower of Carnage not gotten to him in time to give him the bad news about Kenshiro's succession...
- His Dream Mode ending in Ken's Rage ends with him actually making lpans to leave and escape his fate...until he's alerted to Kenshiro being in the building.
- Freudian Excuse: Flower of Carnage does reveal many of the reasons he grew up the way he did, including him feeling that he was The Unfavorite and the death of his girlfriend Anna.
- Give Him a Normal Life: Like the rest of the Hokuto brothers, Jagi was adopted by Ryuken, rescued from certain death. Ryuken refused to teach Hokuto Shinken to Jagi, since not only could he not show favoritism, he also wanted to spare Jagi the tragic fate that follows practitioners of Hokuto Shinken.
- Gonk: In the Legend of Yuria, a young Jagi resembled a psychotic gremlin.
- Guns Akimbo: Two Sawn Off Shotguns in Ken's Rage
- Hammerspace: Twin Blue Stars Of Judgment allows him to put oil drums on the stage, and pour oil puddles on the gorund, and even summona giant oil tank from nowhere. At least you can see the shotgun on his hip.
- Hypocritical Humor: Both from Flower of Carnage:
- One time mocking a defeated Kenshiro during training: "Only those who can overcome their feelings of anger and hatred can learn Hokuto Shinken!"
- And of course, his sheer drive over "the younger brother exceeding the elder," when Jagi's own ambition growing up was to exceed both Toki and Raoh.
- I Have No Son!: Played with - in Flower of Carnage, Ryuken refuses to let Jagi call him father when he decides to teach him Hokuto Shinken, as their relationship has changed from father/son to master/pupil, but it's not really disowning him so much as establishing the change in their relationship. However, Ryuken does later shun Jagi after he becomes more ruthless and underhanded.
- Jack-of-All-Stats: For all the crap his original depiction gave him, Jagi is revealed to be much more skilled than he let on during his fight with Kenshiro. The databooks have his combat skills all rounded at 3/5, squarely fitting him into this trope and Master of None.
- Jerkass: Easily the biggest dick in Fist of the North Star. In fact, his feud with Kenshiro is basically the catalyst that caused a considerable amount of the conflict in the series.
- Just Between You and Me
"I want to tell you something funny, before you burn to a crisp. That guy, Shin, who you considered your friend, who do you think it was that turned him over to evil? IT WAS ME, THAT'S WHO!"
- From the anime series:
"I'll give you a going away present for your journey to hell. Shin, who took Yuria away from you, was driven mad by none other than myself!"
- From the 1986 anime movie:
"That so-called friend of yours, Shin! I'm the one that made him sell his soul to the devil!"
- From Ken's Rage 2:
- Kick the Dog: Legend of Yuria shows a young Jagi attempting to kill Yuria's puppy for no apparent reason.
- Master of None: Knows Hokuto Shinken and Nanto Seiken but isn't good enough at either to beat Kenshiro.
- Meaningful Name: His name comes from the word jaki meaning "evil spirit"
- Morality Pet: Anna in Flower of Carnage
- My Greatest Failure: His failure to protect Anna is something he mourns, even in his dying moment.
- Nightmare Face: Has this as the result of arguing against Kenshiro's succession◊...
- In Ken's Rage, he even has a move where he removes his mask and kills his enemies through sheer horror.
- Normal Fish in a Tiny Pond: While Jaggi isn't nearly as good or as strong as Kenshiro, Toki, or Raoh, he is still a proficient user of a martial art that's meant to turn its users into a One-Man Army. In the post-apocalyptic wasteland where there are very few powerful martial artists that could stand against a killing art as lethal as Hokuto Shinken, Jaggi is very much an Invincible Villain unless guys like his brothers or other martial arts masters that can use super lethal combat styles, like Rei, come after him specifically (as there is no way he would go anywhere near super badass guys that could kill him).
- Out of Focus: After his death, the story pretty much drops him and he's very noticeably absent from most of the Flashbacks to Kenshiro's early life. Many other characters still have a decent presence post-mortem, but Jagi tends to be forgotten.
- Parental Favoritism, The Unfavorite: Subverted; Jagi believes Ryuken will not teach him Hokuto Shinken because he prefers his adopted brothers over him. It's the complete opposite, as Jagi is Ryuken's favored son, since he sees him as a son, not a disciple.
- Ryuken's Three Talented Students...And Jagi: After Jagi's death, the manga no longer mentions him and whenever Ryuken's students are mentioned, they usually refer to them as the "three Hokuto brothers", leaving Jagi unaccounted. Justified at first, since Jagi has already played out his role in the story, but even when Toki (and later Raoh) dies, the series continues to act as if only Raoh, Toki, and Kenshiro ever mattered (then again, Jagi had no role in the Land of Shura arc). Generally taken to embody how, given his monstrous behavior, Jagi is being deliberately forgotten to avoid staining the Hokuto Shinken legacy.
- Say My Name: His catchphrase; inverted in chapter 43 of the manga by Kenshiro himself."Jagi... say MY name!"
- Shotguns Are Just Better: Jagi sure seems to think so, preferring his weapons to martial arts. Kenshiro shows him just how wrong he is.
- Sibling Rivalry: Most prominently with Raoh, since Toki and Kenshiro actually cared for Jagi and tried to not be competitive, but eventually Raoh overshadowed Jagi WAY too much for the rivalry to be sustained. However, when his rivalry with Kenshiro blossomed, it became the driving force in Jagi's life.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: Jagi is Kenshiro's absolute polar opposite - evil, sadistic, underhanded, maniacal, sociopathic and completely lacking in empathy.
- Sleeves Are for Wimps: None of his outfits have any physical sleeves, considering the tricks he has up his proverbial ones.
- Small Role, Big Impact: In the grand scheme of things, Jagi doesn't accomplish much and upon his death is quickly forgotten, but he not only convinced Shin to steal Yuria away, but in his death, reminded Ken that Toki and Raoh were still alive.
- Sore Loser: He tries to justify his losses to Kenshiro as "flukes" despite the fact Kenshiro is leagues over him in skill.
- Spell My Name with an "S": In all of Italian adaptation of the series, manga, anime and OVA, his name is always spelt "Jagger".
- Start of Darkness: Flower of Carnage is this, giving Jagi a Belated Backstory in an attempt to make him into a Sympathetic Murderer.
- This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!: He really likes to combine this with his Catchphrase in Ken's Rage.
- Tragic Monster/Tragic Villain: It's hard to see now, but he had such a tragic childhood and fate, it's through that and his own actions that he turned evil.
- Token Evil Teammate: In the Dream Mode of Ken's Rage for the Hokuto side.
- Too Dumb to Live: Jagi really should've known better than to brag to an already angered Kenshiro that he was the one who corrupted Shin which in turn robbed him of Yuria. All he accomplished was getting Kenshiro's full wrath and a severe beatdown.
- Unreliable Narrator: Though Flower of Carnage is commendable in not making everyone else in Jagi's life a Jerkass (like most Sympathetic Murderer retellings unfortunately do) while still making him a genuinely, sympathetic victim, unless the manga is endorsed as canon by Buronson and Hara, it should only be at best viewed as a warped, deeply biased flashback of an already mentally-disturbed individual; further twisted out of context by an exploding brain in the final moments of his life.
- Ken's Rage 2 (which supersedes Flower of Carnage in canon) makes no mention of Anna, which implies she was a manifestation of the love that he failed to understand in his lifetime.
- Vader Breath: As a result of his facial disfigurement
- Villainous Friendship/Villain Team-Up: With Amiba in Ken's Rage.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: One of the reasons Jagi wants to learn Hokuto Shinken is he desperately wants Ryuken's approval, failing to realize that Ryuken does not want to teach Jagi Hokuto Shinken because he loves him. There was no need to seek his approval at all.
- Subverted upon Kenshiro's succession (when Jagi found out) and when he's dying: Jagi came to hate Ryuken, but never could completely turn himself away from Hokuto Shinken.
- Would Hurt a Child: He strands a child in the middle of the wasteland just to piss Ken off. And that's just one example - when Ken questions him about it, he doesn't even care. It's worse for the child's elder brother whom also bears an unfortunate resemblance to Kenshiro.
Nanto Seiken Warriors
Nanto Seiken (南斗聖拳; "South Dipper Holy Fist") is comprised of 108 different branches and is the polar opposite of Hokuto Shinken: whereas the art of the latter involves internally destroying an opponent, Nanto Seiken uses air pressure to cleave and slice opponents externally. The top six masters of Nanto Seiken are called the Nanto Roku Seiken ("South Dipper Six Holy Fists"), with each one carrying a fate that corresponds to a star in the South Dipper constellation. All styles of Nanto Seiken are affiliated with avians.
Voiced by (Japanese): Toshio Furukawa (TV anime, Twin Blue Stars Of Judgment), Takuya Kirimoto (Legends of the True Savior), Tomokazu Sugita (Ken's Rage), Kazuhiro Nakaya (Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise)
Voiced by (English): Steve Blum (TV anime), Kyle Rea (TV anime, recut dub), Michael McConnohie (The Movie), Doug Erholtz (Ken's Rage), Greg Chun (Lost Paradise)
The successor of Nanto Koshū Ken ("South Dipper Lone Eagle Fist") and the bearer of the "Star of Martyrdom", Shin was originally Kenshiro's best friend while growing up, yet he was secretly in love with Kenshiro's fiancée Yuria, but refused to do anything about it. When Jagi goaded him to take Yuria for himself, convinced by his words that Kenshiro was too weak to protect her from the horrors of the post-apocalyptic world (like Raoh, whom Shin knew also desired Yuria), Shin challenges and defeats Kenshiro in combat, engraving the signature seven scars on his chest. Taking Yuria with him, Shin amasses his own army of loyal thugs, taking on the title of "King" and establishing the city of Southern Cross as his kingdom.
Eventually, Yuria despairs at the misguided tyranny committed in her name by Shin that she takes her own life by jumping from the palace balcony. However, Yuria survives her suicide attempt from a rescue by the Nanto Goshasei, her sworn guardians charged to protect her as the Last General of Nanto. Shin is forced to relinquish Yuria as Raoh and his army are marching towards Southern Cross. He awaits for a revitalized Kenshiro in his palace and is defeated. However, rather than die by Kenshiro's hand, Shin throws himself off his palace to his death, as a final spite against his former rival.
- Adaptation Expansion: In the manga, he's defeated at the end of the first tome and is more a Token Motivational Nemesis and a Starter Villain than anything else. In the anime, he lasts a lot longer and is the first Arc Villain. Antagonists of tomes 2 and 3 that were independant in the manga (the Godland Colonel and Jackal) become his subordinates and he's given several Filler Villains as well.
- Air Jousting: Probably the most famous example of this trope when he crosses aerial kicks with Kenshiro in their battle.
- All There in the Manual: Nanto Koshū Ken was not named at all in the manga and anywhere else until the All About the Man guidebook established it.
- Ambition Is Evil: The whole core of Shin's character is his ambition to win Yuria's love, driving him not only to scar Kenshiro in the way he did but continually commit atrocities in order to win Yuria's heart. He makes it very clear that Ken's lack of ambition was what lost him his initial fight with Shin.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: He's the first warrior to give Kenshiro a real fight, as well as the one who gave him the seven scars.
- Bad Boss: His introduction shows him executing mooks who had the audacity to survive a fight with Kenshiro by running away.
- Better to Die than Be Killed: "However, I refuse to die by your techniques! Kenshiro... Farewell!!" This is hilariously made into a "Fatal KO" for Twin Blue Stars Of Judgment, though it can be interrupted. Lost Paradise averts this, where he does indeed hemmorhage to death from Ken's attack.
- Big Bad: The Adaptation Expansion in the TV series turned him into this for the first story arc, as did the live-action film.
- Boss Subtitles: "The Star of Martyrdom - Shin"
- Combat Pragmatist: Rises above most Nanto practitioners by sending Mr. Heart against Kenshiro.
- Dark Messiah: In the TV series.
- Dark and Troubled Past: The Right on King one-shot manga reveals this to be the case for Shin. His father, Gishaku, the former successor to Nanto Koshū Ken, lost his right arm to Thouzer's master Ohgai when he challenged the latter to a battle. Blaming his defeat on the love for his pregnant wife (instead of the fact that Ohgai, as the successor to Nanto Hōoh Ken, utterly outclassed him), he imposed a harsh discipline on his young son Shin to remove any such weakness. When he caught Shin bonding with Kenshiro, he punished him by burning the photo of Shin's mother that his son had been hiding.
- Despair Event Horizon: If her failed suicide attempt wasn't a big enough hint, Yuria unconsciously whispers Kenshiro's name, finally breaking Shin's hope in ever earning her love. He entrusts her to the Nanto Goshasei shortly afterwards and resigns himself to fight Kenshiro to the death, believing that if Kenshiro wins, Yuria will be taken care of.
- Disney Villain Death: Gives this to himself rather than be killed by Kenshiro's Hokuto Shinken.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Sure, he's a maniacal overlord who raids villages and enslaves people, but he's chivalrous to a fault and in the series extends mercy to a young servant who betrayed him. Moreso in the animated movie in which he isn't shown as a ruler enslaving villages and his primary reason for stealing Yuria was because of his belief Kenshiro is too naive and weak to protect her in the apocalyptic world.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: If Shin really knew and loved Yuria, he really shouldn't be surprised that she was Driven to Suicide by the cruelty and genocide committed in the name of earning her love.
- In his Dream Mode of Ken's Rage, Shin is shown to literally not comprehend selflessness. However, he does come to understand love, which instigates a HeelFace Turn.
- Evil Former Friend: Before the Apocalypse, he was Kenshiro's friend.
- FaceHeel Turn: He decides to use the Apocalypse to his advantage and make Yuria his, after killing Kenshiro of course. It's later revealed that Jagi convinced him to do it.
- Fashionable Asymmetry: His outfit in Ken's Rage
- Finger Poke of Doom: Shin can kill you just by poking his finger straight into your heart. Many of his techniques for Nanto Koshū Ken are jabbing motions intended to drive his hand straight into the enemy.
- God-Emperor: Anime only, where the Golan Army has a portrait dedicated to him in their eadquarters, referring to him as the God that chose them.
- HeelFace Turn: Dream Mode of Ken's Rage is basically one to make Shin finally have a genuine turn by finally comprehending good and love rather than being a dickhead.
- I Have You Now, My Pretty: Surprisingly averted; Shin's intentions with Yuria was because she favored Kenshiro over him.
- I Love You Because I Can't Control You: Shin loves Yuria because she is an emotionally strong-willed woman whom he sees as a challenge to make her willingly fall in love with him.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Zigzagged, in that Jagi spurned Shin into forcibly separating Yuria from Ken for himself, but ultimately played straight in that he leaves Yuria in the care of the Chariot Stars once they intervene in her suicide attempt. Hearing Yuria call out to Kenshiro in her knocked out state, Shin is crushed, realizing that even if he manages to best Kenshiro again in their inevitable rematch, Yuria's heart is already set on Ken. All he can do is give Ken the best challenge he can muster and ensure Yuria falls in safe hands.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: To expand his empire, Shin had to kill a lot of raiders, gangsters, and other assorted terrible people.
- Love Makes You Evil: His obsession with Yuria turned him to the dark side, with a little prodding from Jagi.
- Love Redeems: When he meets the Nanto Goshasei and discovers that Raoh is heading to Southern Cross, he entrusts Yuria to them instead of allowing Raoh, the more ruthless tyrant, to have her, because if news of Yuria's survival ever reached Raoh, he would do anything to take her.
- Might Makes Right: Shin's personal mantra.
- Murder the Hypotenuse: He tried to murder Kenshiro at the beginning of the series in order to have Yuria for himself.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: That monologue about Kenshiro lacking resolve and therefore lacking power? Kenshiro took it to heart, as he learns in their fight inside Southern Cross. He then kills Yuria or at least, a very lifelike doll with her likeness right in front of Kenshiro, which sets him off.
- One-Man Army: In episode 21 of the TV series, where he thwarts General Barcom's mutiny alone.
- Pimped-Out Cape: Especially in Ken's Rage.
- Posthumous Character: In the manga, his character is fleshed out through post-mortem flashbacks after the Southern Cross arc is over, particularly when it comes to his position within the Nanto Roku Seiken; the revelation about Yuria's survival is one.
- Retronym: Since Shin is the first Nanto Seiken practitioner introduced in the story and the future of the manga was uncertain at the time, his specific style was never given a proper name. After other Nanto branches were subsequently introduced, Shin's own style became retroactively known as Nanto Koshū Ken.
- Rival Turned Evil: Was Ken's rival (as part of the Nanto school), but his unrequited crush on Yuria drove him to evil.
- Stalker with a Crush: After meeting Yuria in the prequel manga spinoff Jibo no Hoshi ("The Merciful Mother Star")
- Starter Villain: He sets off as Kenshiro's old nemesis, but doesn't last beyond the first story arc.
- Suicide by Cop: a possible way to interpret his last stand against Kenshiro. Particularly the detail of having a lifelike mannequin of Yuria ready for sacrifice in front of Ken. If stabbing this doll was a gamble, best case scenario was, Kenshiro would have been demoralized and weakened leaving the real Yuria ripe for reclamation after Ken's defeat. Second best scenario, Yuria is in better hands after Shin confirms for himself the hard way that Kenshiro has truly absorbed the ambition Shin told him he lacked in their previous fight.
- Theme Naming: Each of Shin's lieutenants are named after playing card suits, with Shin's title of "KING" adding to the theme.
- Token Motivational Nemesis: Shin was introduced as an easily disposable antagonist in case the manga wasn't picked up beyond the initial ten chapters. As a result, there's no mention of any of the other Hokuto brothers or Nanto Seiken masters during the first few story arcs.
- Tragic Villain: Nothing Shin accomplishes can last because he cannot see his own wrongdoing. He tries desperately to love Yuria and does everything to appease her, but that everything is violence, plundering, and murder which only pushes her away. He wants to build an empire and raise humanity from its ashes with him as the ruler. Yet his empire is founded on the evil deeds he commits, uniting thugs and murderers to oppress the weak and force them to build said empire. That too inevitably fails in the TV series when the raiders and gangs (who don't share his vision and resent being used as fist-fodder against Kenshiro) inevitably mutiny against him and start killing each other and the common people; leaving him the ruler of a ruin.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: If Right on King is any indication.
- Yandere: A rare male example in Shounen. He wants Yuria for himself and tries to get rid of the competition (Kenshiro).
Voiced by (Japanese): Kaneto Shiozawa (TV anime), Shin-ichiro Miki (Legends of the True Savior), Isshin Chiba (Twin Blue Stars Of Judgment), Takehito Koyasu (Ken's Rage, JP), Toshiyuki Morikawa (Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise)
Voiced by (English): Daran Norris (TV anime), Jason Barker (TV anime, recut dub), Gregory Snegoff (The Movie), Matthew Mercer (Ken's Rage), Chris Hackney (Lost Paradise)
Representing the "Star of Justice", Rei is the successor of Nanto Suichō Ken ("South Dipper Waterfowl Fist"). Sometime after the nuclear war, when Rei left his village to train, his parents were killed and younger sister Airi was kidnapped by "The Man With Seven Scars" on her wedding day. Rei wanders the wasteland looking for Airi, mercilessly slaughtering anyone who stands in his way. During the Fang Clan's incursion on Mamiya's village, he runs into Kenshiro, and aligns with him to take down the savages, eventually finding out they are holding Airi hostage. Although Rei is forced by the clan to fight and kill Kenshiro, both martial artists cleverly turn the tide against their enemies and rescue Airi. Upon restoring Airi's lost sight, Kenshiro reveals that he is the "The Man With Seven Scars", but Rei laughs it off, unwilling to believe that the successor of Hokuto Shinken was the culprit. From then on, Rei becomes Kenshiro's most reliable ally and friend.
When Raoh and his army invades Mamiya's village, Rei insists on fighting the tyrant, despite Kenshiro being at Cassandra rescuing Toki. Raoh bests Rei in combat by putting him in a state of pain and suffering via the Shinketsushū pressure point, dooming him to a bloody end in three days. Deciding to live the last of his life by facing his old rival Juda, who had a hand in Mamiya's traumatic past, Rei duels with his former friend and wins, but is nearing his last moments. Before he passes, he urges Kenshiro, and especially Mamiya, the love of his life, to live on.
- Absurdly Sharp Blade: More like absurdly sharp fingers. Rei can easily dice up his opponents to pieces with his bare hands.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: From black in the manga to light blue in the Toei anime. This caused some problems when it was time for him to be Locked into Strangeness. The 1986 movie streamlined this by giving him white hair from the beginning.
- His hair in both Ken's Rage releases before getting Locked into Strangeness is a faded light teal, even though any official images have him with black hair.
- Amazon Chaser: Rei finds Mamiya very attractive and respects her courage and strength, but he would rather have her stay on the sidelines, if only because he's not comfortable with the idea of her getting hurt.
- Anti-Hero: An Unscrupulous Hero whilst searching for Airi, before reverting back to a straight-up heroic figure.
- Bash Brothers: With Kenshiro.
- Big Brother Instinct: This is Rei's motivation in a nutshell before he and Kenshiro crossed paths.
- Biseinen: So beautiful that he can be mistaken for a woman from a distance, if given a cloak. When introduced, he's taking advantage of this to lure bandits into attempting to run him down... so that he can kill them and take their food for himself.
- Boss Subtitles: "The Star of Justice - Rei"
- Character Development: Starts off in the story getting by through thuggish behavior, whether its through hermit crabbing through alliances, stealing from rape gangs with clever trickery or at one point introducing himself to Mamiya in a rather sexually aggressive fashion. By the end of his involvement in the story, he's valiantly fighting for the family he's discovered (and rediscovered) and for the life of the woman he's devoted himself to.
- Courtly Love: The honorable and gentlemanly manner in which Rei expresses his love towards the Fiery Redhead Mamiya. He never gets to kiss her before his tragic death.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Rei is the only protagonist in the entire series to die in the usual Hokuto Shinken-induced way - gorily and painfully (even if he does get to keep a complete corpse). A Gory Discretion Shot is used to not show him dying this way explicitly, almost as if the creators themselves wanted to spare him the indignity. This just drives home how utterly tragic his death is. In Ken's Rage, the camera view doesn't even follow him inside.
- Death Glare: Naturally when some mooks make the mistake of hurting Rin, Rei deals one of these out along with a really furious threat.
- A Death in the Limelight: Once Raoh sentences him to an agonizing death in 3 days, the manga and anime center on Rei's attempt to defeat Yuda and avenge Mamiya, with Ken merely on the sidelines as an observer. The final episode Rei has in the anime before he dies is a clipshow dedicated to his life.
- Death-or-Glory Attack: Dankou Sousai Ken, at least in the TV anime; the technique would've killed Rei, but it would also cleave Raoh into pieces. Unfortunately, Raoh was able to predict this attack and trigger his Shinketsushū pressure point.
- The Determinator: Whether it's subsisting on eating mud to find the man who kidnapped his sister, or undergoing an extremely painful procedure to hold off the effects of Raoh's Shinketsushuu vital point strike, there is no length to which Rei will not go for those he cares for.
- Disease Bleach: After undergoing a treatment from Toki to extend his life by an extra day following his defeat at Raoh's hands, Rei's hair changes to stark white as a result of the stress from the excruciatingly painful procedure.
- Deuteragonist: Rei is this the second arc, and is the only hero other character than Kenshiro to take out a major villain in the original series. In the movie adaptation, he also slices up Uighur.
- Dogged Nice Guy: To Mamiya.
- Don't You Dare Pity Me!: A milder version - Rei forbids Mamiya from despairing over his death, instead asking her to live life fully.
- Dying Alone: To spare his friends and family the displeasure of seeing him die explosively, Rei locks himself in a house for his final moments.
- Dying Moment of Awesome: Invoked when he decides that Juda would be a fine choice for his last opponent.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: His Dream Mode in Ken's Rage is this in a nutshell. After averting his death by Raoh, Rei is forced to pull a FaceHeel Turn, serving the tyrannical Thouzer as the Nanto Army Token Good Teammate, witnessing the death of Shew who's helping him, and fights Kenshiro, all to save Airi and later Mamiya. He finally turns against Thouzer once Mamiya inspires him enough to not serve evil. The result is that Rei, Airi, and Mamiya live Happily Ever After in the latter's village. Rei refuses to take that chance and prefers to meet his fate against Raoh.
- '80s Hair: His long hair turns into a mullet around the time he shows up in Cassandra.
- Emotional Bruiser: His first major Pet the Dog moment is when he warmly and kindly smiles at how the big brother of two siblings he gave chocolate to gave the bigger half to his baby sister. Aww...
- Face Death with Dignity: His reaction to finding out that he's got three days left to live is to hunt down his Arch-Enemy for a final battle, which he wins spectacularly. He then says goodbye to his friends with a smile, and goes to meet his fate with no regrets.
- Famed In-Story: If Kenshiro is about to instill an ass-kicking on someone and reminisces about his fallen allies and rivals, Rei will always be shown front and center, even over Toki.
- A Good Way to Die: Rei lives the last three days of his life exactly the way he wants to, and goes to his death completely at peace.
- Good Eyes, Evil Eyes: In Rei's introduction, his alignment as a potential hero or villain was pretty ambiguous, thus he was drawn with rather shifty eyes. It isn't until his good guy credentials are established that he's drawn more consistently with big eyes.
- Although Rei introduces himself to Mamiya in a rather creepy fashion in a bathhouse, Lin noted that Rei's eyes looked as gentle as Ken's in that moment.
- Go Out with a Smile: Double Subverted; after bidding his friends goodbye with a warm smile, Rei is stricken with a look of intense pain just before death... but when Mamiya looks up to see the Star of Death gone, she sees Rei's smiling face right next to the North Dipper.
- Grin of Audacity: Once Raoh explains to Rei about his fighting spirit ki acting as a shield against Rei's attacks, Rei sports an intense smirk as he prepares a sacrificial final attack vs Raoh.
- Hair Color Dissonance: His white hair is generally represented as blue-ish.
- Hes Back: When he loses it against Raoh's men who are brutalising Rin and the other villagers, reclaiming his humanity and living up to his title of the Star of Justice.
- Additionally, after the agony of having his Shinreidai pressure point triggered by Toki, Rei explodes out of his hospital room and takes out two of Juda's thugs with one stroke each.
- Honor Before Reason: Its implied that even if he figured dueling with Raoh would have been onesidedly against his favor, Rei needed to engage Raoh out of principle as Nanto's Star of Justice. Not only would backing down from the fight have been emasculating, but would have gone against everything he began taking a stand for when he came to Rin's defense.
- Hot-Blooded: Quite rash, especially when it comes to seeing his sister Airi in peril. Ken has to hold him back in a Full Nelson to keep him from falling into an obvious Fang Clan trap.
"I won't forgive you... You devils in human guise! Show me! What color is your blood?!"
- There's also this line when Rei is facing Ken-oh's Armada as they try to subject Rin to torture:
- I Fight for the Strongest Side: How he used to live while searching for his sister.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Until Airi is rescued, when he becomes a straight-up Nice Guy.
- Knight in Shining Armor: In many ways, Rei is the ideal medieval knight - a fearsome warrior, incredibly chivalrous, and horribly chauvinistic.
- The Lancer: To Kenshiro, who calls him one of the greatest men he's ever known.
- Lightning Bruiser: THE fastest, most graceful fighter on the heroic side. Once his Shinreidai pressure point is used, Rei still packs a punch, and can take multiple Razor Winds from Juda.
- Living on Borrowed Time: But he sure as hell makes those last days of his life count.
- Locked into Strangeness: After having his Shinreidai pressure point touched by Toki to extend his life, the pain is so great that Rei's hair turns white.
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy: He's certainly got the long hair downpat, and he's the most bushiest of the cast in the original series.
- Meaningful Funeral: Rei may have died alone, but he did not die unloved. His place of death is surrounded by those who loved him, crying bitter tears at the loss of such a great man.
- Mr. Fanservice: In the manga Spin-Off Soukoku no Garou ("Bloody Wolf's Darkness Blue")
- One-Man Army: As he's a master of Nanto Suicho Ken, one of the strongest Nanto branch styles, this comes as no surprise, as many of Raoh's men and a lot of Fang Clansmen can attest to.
- The Power of Love: Right after he dies, at the funeral (re: burning the house down) Mamiya stares into the Heavens and realizes that she cannot see the "Star of Death" anymore. In Fist of the North Star, anyone who sees the star dies within the year, no exceptions. Mamiya is the only character spared this fate because Rei used the last three days of his life to save her.
- Real Men Wear Pink: Literally in the animated movie, with his pale pink protective cloth that makes people believe the one coming to them is a woman.
- Redemption Equals Death: Just as he rises to his destiny as the Star of Justice, he pulls a Senseless Sacrifice.
- Sacrificial Lion: After forming a strong bond with Kenshiro and his True Companions, as well as receiving plenty of attention as a major character, Rei is the first one to fight against Raoh; it ends badly. The anime even uses his death to mark the end of the second story arc of the first series.
- Senseless Sacrifice: As a show of gratitude to Kenshiro, Rei tries to take down Raoh to spare him the duties of being the Hokuto Shinken successor. Raoh dooms Rei to a slow, painful, helpless death.
- Stay in the Kitchen: Rei states Mamiya shouldn't get involved in physical fights because she is a woman. He does end up being Right for the Wrong Reasons - Mamiya is Overshadowed by Awesome and has an awful habit of being captured or almost killed, but it's less to do with her being a woman and more to do with her not knowing any supernatural martial arts.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: A practitioner of Nanto Seiken? Kenshiro's best friend? Hopelessly in love with a woman he can't have? Sounds a lot like Shin in his younger days. The relationship is inverted in this case: whereas Shin was Kenshiro's friend until he turned to evil, Rei wasn't exactly on the best of terms with Kenshiro when they first met. Interestingly, the reason why both were after Kenshiro (or in Rei's case, "The Man With Seven Scars") was because of Jagi.
- Tender Tears: Sheds these for Mamiya's suffering, the love of his life.
- Too Many Belts: His outfit in Ken's Rage
- Token Good Teammate: In his Dream Mode of Ken's Rage, he becomes this for the Nanto side when Thouzer holds Airi hostage. Shew also counts, but Rei's the more visible example (that, and Shew is a Non Playable Character until the sequel).
- Tragic Hero: His is the Star of Justice, meaning he must live and die for others. When confronted with a villain who he cannot defeat, he decides to pull a Heroic Sacrifice which is rendered null and void when a Curb-Stomp Battle that leaves him with three agonising days to live.
- Undignified Death: Defied. Raoh meant to give Rei a slow, agonizing death over the course of three days to make an example of him. But Rei makes full use of his limited time through sheer force of will and with some help from Toki, allowing him to finish Yuda off and save Mamiya from the doomed fate the Star of Death promises. Forbidding anyone to comfort him in his last minutes, he dies inside of a house after locking himself in, and said house is set on fire as the party mourns.
- Wife-Basher Basher: Lampshaded by Rei during their first encounter with the Fang Clan:"I think we're both here for the same reason: we are both weak to the tears of a woman."
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Unlike the manga's black-haired Rei, the anime decided to give Rei light blue hair right up until Toki hits his "Shinreidai" point, where the appropriate white sets in. His default colour in Twin Blue Stars of Judgment also gives him light blue hair, while the Ken's Rage games restore his manga black hair and Lost Paradise makes it a darker blue.
- Your Days Are Numbered: Rei winds up on the receiving end of an attack from Raoh that would cause him to hemorrhage all of his blood in three days' time, causing excruciating pain up to the moment of his death. He enlists Toki's aid to extend this deadline by one day so he can defeat Juda.
Voiced by (Japanese): Bin Shimada (TV anime, Twin Blue Stars Of Judgment), Kissho Taniyama (Legends of the Dark King), Keisuke Baba (Ken's Rage)
Voiced by (English): David Gerrold (TV anime, recut dub), Blake Sheppard (Legends of the Dark King), Christopher Corey Smith (Ken's Rage)
Bearing the "Star of Enchantment" (also known as the "Star of Betrayal"), Juda trained alongside Rei in the ways of Nanto Seiken, but grew to resent him as Rei's Nanto Suichō Ken style was considered more elegant than his own Nanto Kōkaku Ken ("South Dipper Crimson Crane Fist") style. When Juda betrayed the Nanto Roku Seiken and aligned with Raoh, the six masters were divided into two factions: one for preserving order, while the other promoting chaos. He forms his own army, the "UD Gang", and uses them to gather concubines for himself, leaving them to his men when he no longer considers them beautiful. He had kidnapped Mamiya at one point, but she escaped. Juda eventually discovers her location, bringing himself into conflict with Rei again. When Juda is defeated, he concedes to Rei that he is the more beautiful of the two, admitting in his dying words he had secretly admired him.
- Adapted Out: He's the only member of the six sacred fists not featured in the True Savior series, not even when Rei is briefly focused during the Legend of Yuria. He doesn't even appear as a spirit during Kenshiro and Yuria's wedding in Legend of Kenshiro.
- Assist Character: In the ASW fighting game, Juda's fighting style revolves around using his henchman to trap his opponent.
- Berserk Button: Juda goes ballistic after receiving some minor cuts on his face.
- Boss Subtitles: "The Star of Enchantment - Juda"
- Camp Straight: Possibly; he looks like a walking Camp Gay stereotype, but his introduction showcases a harem of women. It's his comments after his defeat at Rei's hands that makes the whole thing ambiguous.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: The Star of Enchantment is better known as the Star of Betrayal, after all. He's playing both ends against the middle in the Hokuto-Nanto conflict, and is ultimately out for himself.
- Combat Pragmatist: Knowing Rei's style depends on footwork, Juda chooses his battlefield to be flooded by the breaking of a nearby dam, resulting in the mud bogging Rei down and Juda's Razor Wind based style Nanto Kōkaku Ken to cut him up.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: In Soukaku no Garou, Juda sends a thousand man army against Rofu, Rei's Evil Mentor. It ends very badly for Juda...
- Defensive Feint Trap: One of his special moves in the ASW fighting game has him feign being stunned. It's possible to cancel it into any hit, allowing Juda to gain an extra star for using the "Fatal KO" mechanic when the hit connects.
- Driven by Envy: His one-sided feud with Rei started because he couldn't accept the idea that Rei's Nanto Suichō Ken was more graceful than his own style.
- Depraved Bisexual: All but outright stated - he's a sexual predator on a literally industrial scale, harvesting hundreds of women from nearby villages for his harem, while his Famous Last Words to Rei are thiiis close to being a Dying Declaration of Love.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: Moreso in any prequel material than the original manga
- The Dragon: To Thouzer in Ken's Rage
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: Died in Rei's arms, the only man he considered worthy of his envy.
- Easily Forgiven: Despite his misogyny and evil deeds, Rei mourns his rival's death with sympathy.
- Effeminate Misogynistic Guy: Extremely effeminate and treats his harem as dolls.
- Evil Is Petty: The punishment in Juda's harem for any visible flaw in their appearance, such as a bruise or a scar? At best, "mere" banishment to the wasteland and an uncertain fate. At worst? Being delivered to the "tender" attentions of Juda's minions...
- Evil Redhead: A self-absorbed, cruel and devious sex slaver and potential rapist who makes Rei and Mamiya's lives hell? Sporting vivid red locks that he keeps in obsessively good shape? That's Yuda alright.
- Hair Color Dissonance: Sometimes it's bright red, sometimes it's closer to pink
- Excessive Evil Eyeshadow: An uncommon male example
- Face Death with Dignity: As much of a scheming, underhanded Sissy Villain as he is, Juda accepts his defeat with remarkable grace. He chooses to grab Rei's arms and ram them into his chest, preferring to die at his old rival's hands rather than attempt to escape or beg for his life. With his last words, he admits that Rei is the superior man in every way. See Graceful Loser below.
- FaceHeel Turn: As part of betraying the Nanto Roku Seiken.
- Fan Disservice: In his introduction, we see a muscular Juda walking around in a speedo and putting lipstick and eyeshadow? No wonder reaction to this scene was mostly negative.
- The Fighting Narcissist: Trope Maker and Trope Codifier in Japanese media.
- Flanderization: Legends of the Dark King (at least the Animated Adaptation) took Juda's eccentricity and treachery Up to Eleven while downplaying his martial arts skills, casting him into a screeching, reckless caricature instead of the devious opportunist he was in the series.
- A Good Way to Die: Once Rei finally trounces him, Yuda chooses to force Rei's arms to impale him, finally admitting that Rei was always the strongest and most beautiful of the two.
- Graceful Loser: "Rei, you're the one man that I admired. The strongest, most beautiful man in the world. At least let me die in your arms..."
- Green-Eyed Monster: His Start of Darkness can be attributed largely if not solely to petty jealousy of Rei's Nanto Suicho Ken being far mroe graceful than Yuda's Kokaku Ken.
- Jerkass: His motivation for screwing up Rei's life, as well as the lives of many others, was that he found beauty in another person's fighting style.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Many Japanese readers have claimed Boy George was the model for him. Given that the series came out in the 80's, they might have a point...
- Razor Wind: Although most Nanto Seiken styles make some use of this, Nanto Kōkaku Ken particularly favors long-ranged attacks.
- Rummage Sale Reject: Even by the series' standards, especially for a major character. Nice, uh, scarf...
- Sissy Villain: Nail polish, makeup, higher voice tone than most of the cast, flamboyant mannerisms and flashy outfits...yup.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Is it "Yuda" or "Juda"? The former is the literal transliteration of his name, which in turn is the Japanese transliteration of Judas Iscariot, but "Juda" gets the point across quicker.
- Suicide by Cop: Although Rei may have critically wounded Juda with the Hishou Hakurei technique, Juda takes the initiative to die by Rei's hands literally by shoving them into his chest.
- Unknown Rival: Despite Juda's obsessive hatred of Rei, Rei paid him little mind. It isn't until Rei finds out Juda's former enslavement of Mamiya and his betrayal of the Nanto Roku Seiken that their hatred becomes mutual.
Voiced by (Japanese): Banjo Ginga (TV anime, Twin Blue Stars Of Judgment), Akio Ohtsuka (Legends of the True Savior), Toshihiko Seki (Legends of the Dark King), Nobutoshi Canna (Ken's Rage), Hiroki Tochi (Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise)
Voiced by (English): Kyle Rea (TV Anime, recut dub), Illich Guardiola (Legends of the Dark King), Ezra Weisz (Ken's Rage), Greg Chun (Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise)
The strongest of the Nanto Seiken successors and the self-proclaimed "Holy Emperor" (Seitei), Thouzer represents the "Star of Leadership" and is the successor of Nanto Hōoh Ken ("South Dipper Phoenix Fist"), a style that, like Hokuto Shinken, can only have one successor. A ruthless tyrant who seeks to conquer the world like Raoh, Thouzer does not wish to promote stability in the wasteland, but instead wants to satisfy his own ego. He targets children for use as slave labor for the construction of his "Holy Cross Mausoleum", a massive pyramid that he intends to use as an everlasting symbol of his reign, which also doubles as a monument to honor his master Ohgai, whom he had to kill to become successor. Of the armies opposing Raoh, his is the most formidable, yet Raoh will not make a move on Thouzer, who claims to be immune to Hokuto Shinken.
- 0% Approval Rating: In Ken's Rage, Thouzer's own soldiers will periodically betray him because of how cruel he is. Shin even uses this to his advantage.
- Animal Battle Aura: Gets one in the anime in the shape of a phoenix. In Twin Blue Stars Of Judgment and Ken's Rage, his Tensho Juji Hōoh technique literally becomes a phoenix that he can throw at enemies.
- Ass-Kicking Pose: Doesn't believe in these. According to him, taking up an orthodox fighting stance implies a need for defense, something that's beneath him and his "divine body". He adopts one during his rematch with Kenshiro saying that even though his style does not have any, he must discard his martial art's philosophy to defeat him.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Calls himself the "Holy Emperor" and is the strongest Nanto Seiken master. He's the second fighter to hand Kenshiro his ass, and their rematch is one of the most vicious fights in the series.Out of my sight, vermin.
- Better to Die than Be Killed: In Legends of the True Savior, Thouzer takes a leaf from Shin's book and kills himself instead of dying by Hokuto Shinken.
- Blood Knight: So supremely confident in his invincibility that he welcomes with relish any attempt to take his life, just so he can prove the would-be assassin wrong.
- Boss Subtitles: "Emperor of Nanto - Thouzer"
- Dark and Troubled Past: Thouzer was an infant orphan raised by Ohgai to be his successor. As a final test to succession, Thouzer unwittingly killed his master, who intentionally died by his disciple's hands as the style dictates. Traumatized by the fact he murdered his mentor and father figure, Thouzer declared he longer needs emotions of compassion and love and delves into Ax-Crazy.
- Death Glare: His default expression
- Determinator: Even though Kenshiro disables the use of his legs, which forms parts of his ultimate technique, Thouzer still limps towards Kenshiro to fight, including his damaged arms. Lampshaded by his own words."I am the Holy Emperor Thouzer: Emperor of the Nanto Roku Seiken! No retreat! No mercy! No hesitation!"
- Even Evil Has Standards: Yes: he could have conquered Asgarzul, the sanctuary city that protects women, but like Shin and Raoh simply visited it and held back in respect for what it stood for.
- Evil Laugh: For someone who claims to have no emotions left, he really loves doing this. Personified in Ken's Rage, where his laugh can kill mooks from a distance!
- Evil Sounds Deep: His villainous bass is impressive as is (one could be forgiven for assuming voices didn't naturally come that deep back then), but his ability to project is what knocks him out of the park with this trope.
- Fallen Hero: Subverted; despite showing all the signs of being a fine young man, and his master's every intention that he grow up to be a hero, Thouzer did nothing heroic after becoming the master of Nanto Hōoh Ken.
- For the Evulz: Pretty much his entire modus operandi. Almost every action he takes is for the purpose of amusing himself with someone else's suffering.
- Freak Out!: After accidentally killing his master.
- Glass Cannon: In Twin Blue Stars Of Judgment, Thouzer's one of the best damage dealers with a Super Mode that increases his speed, but is tied with Mamiya for the worst defense.
- A God Am I: His born immunity to Hokuto shin-ken made him believe he is the god emperor.
- A Good Way to Die: Subverted; Kenshiro defeats Thouzer with Hokuto Ujou Moshou Ha, a technique based on compassion. Thouzer is incensed his opponent would show him any form of mercy. However....
- Graceful Loser: Despite everything, he was finally humbled by Kenshiro, calling him his greatest opponent.
- Heart in the Wrong Place: His source of Nigh-Invulnerability.
- I Am Not Left-Handed: When he's convinced that he's facing an opponent who is equal to him in power, he discards his normal fighting style and uses his secret technique.
- Ignored Epiphany: In Ken's Rage, every single person around Thouzer tells him it's better to build an empire where the subjects adore you rather than fear you, as they will be more loyal. All of his minions betray him throughout the story, but he still doesn't listen, demanding the impossible of his remaining subjects and sacrificing them whenever possible.
- Jabba Table Manners: A prime example - Thouzer sets up a banquet of a dozen courses just to watch the attending slave children shake in hunger at the sight of it. After eating less than half a plate, he smashes the table, ordering all the scraps to be thrown into the trash, just so he can take twisted joy in watching a child being beaten for trying to eat a drumstick.
- Jerkass: Oh yes...and there's plenty of examples of why he is one. It does not make it any easier to hate him when he made Shu avoid killing him by revealing that hostages have been taken.
- Jerk Justifications: Part of his Freudian Excuse: he believes compassion and love are a weakness.
- Light Is Not Good: He's associated with crosses and bright light, and he's called the Holy Emperor.
- Made of Iron: While everyone who masters a certain school's technique is one, Thouzer's the most literal one, claiming he carries the "Emperor's Armor", making him immune to Hokuto Shinken techniques. This is replicated in Twin Blue Stars Of Judgment, where he does not use his arms to block, but his chest. Subverted when it's revealed that his pressure points are simply reversed, after which he proves just as vulnerable as any other strong martial artists Kenshiro has already fought. Legends of the Dark King shows that even though Raoh had no knowledge of his weak points, the mere force behind his blows is more than enough to injure him regardless.
- Meaningful Name: "Souther" is an actual word meaning "southerly wind", which seems to fit in with both the fact he is the strongest of the Nanto Roku Seiken and the avian Theme Naming of their martial arts.
- Monster Sob Story: Suddenly told to Kenshiro right before their final battle
- No-Sell: Thouzer's immunity to Hokuto Shinken is a bog-standard case of this, until you find out he has an actual Real Life cardiovascular condition. It's a bit delayed, but after taking a first hit from Raoh in Legends of the Dark King, it's likely that given sufficient force, one could injure him despite his condition.
- Pimped-Out Cape: In Ken's Rage
- Purple Is Powerful: His primary color in Ken's Rage
- The Rival: To Raoh
- Spell My Name with an "S": Is it "Thouzer" or "Souther"? One would think it's the latter due to Meaningful Name, but recent merchandise seems to favor the former. That's not even counting other variations such as "Thouther", "Sauzer" or even "Thoutoher". Ken's Rage and Lost Paradise use "Thouzer", but the English voice actors in the former pronounce it as either "Suh-ther" or "Sow-zer" while the english voice actors of the latter pronounce it more consistently as "Thow-zer."
- Start of Darkness: It began with "To master Nanto Hōoh Ken, you must be tricked into killing your beloved master and father figure".
- Straw Vulcan: One can argue Thouzer is a heavy-handed (though totally valid) example of a villain you can potentially become when you cynically claim to give up your emotions.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Can you imagine this man as a loving chap who likes to have fun, wants to be friends with Kenshiro and is buddies with all his Nanto Seiken fellows? Thats exactly what Thouzers spin-off, Hokuto no Ken: Ichigo Aji, is all about.
- Tragic Villain: He just couldn't bear the final test of his art and became crazy over giving his former master and father figure a worthy tomb.
- Troubled Abuser: His merciless treatment of people and loved one is because of what he had to do to his master to become master of his Nanto style.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Ohgai adopted him when he was just an innocent boy and taught him everything he knew; he gave the orphan all the warmth and love of his heart, raising him to be the next successor of this mighty battle art. Thouzer looked to be a noble and worthy master...until the final test.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Well, he tried, though his kind-hearted old master would most likely weep tears of shame at what his beloved pupil/adoptive son has done in his memory, after all the trouble he died for. If you successfully use Thouzer's "Fatal KO" in Twin Blue Stars Of Judgment, he poses and declares, while an image of Ohgai appears, "Your Holy Cross Mausoleum will be completed soon!"
- Worthy Opponent: Regards Kenshiro as this during their first battle. He even recognizes Kenshiro's style and technique as superior to his own, but declares them to be useless against him as he carries an "Emperor's Armor" that makes him immune to Hokuto Shinken.
Voiced by (Japanese): Katsuji Mori (TV anime), Hochu Otsuka (Legends of the True Savior), Takahiro Yoshimizu (Ken's Rage)
Voiced by (English): Steve Kramer (Ken's Rage)
The master of Nanto Hakurou Ken ("South Dipper White Heron Fist"), Shew represents the "Star of Benevolence". Before the nuclear holocaust, Shew served as Thouzer's second-in-command and was present when a young Kenshiro participated in a kumite between their rival schools. Shew was Kenshiro's final opponent and defeated the young martial artist easily, but rather than take his life as the rules declared, Shew forfeitied his eyesight to Thouzer as payment, sensing the untapped potential within Kenshiro. Years later, Shew leads the primary resistance against Thouzer's army and reunites with an older Kenshiro. In order to save his villagers, Shew surrenders to Thouzer and is forced to carry the apex of the Holy Cross Mausoleum with the tendons in his legs cut to complete the monument. However, the tyrant intends Shew to die at the top, thus orders a volley of arrows to hit him, including a spear thrown by Thouzer himself. Before the weight of the final piece of the pyramid crushes Shew, he miraculously recovers his eyesight, just in time to see Kenshiro for a final moment.
- Boss Subtitles: "The Blind Warrior - Shew"
- Cruel and Unusual Death: After carrying the capstone up Thouzer's pyramid with severed tendons in his legs, Shew is bombarded with arrows, skewered with a javelin thrown by Thouzer, and finally crushed beneath the stone's weight.
- Doomed Moral Victor: Given the decision to kill Thouzer, or casting the lives of dozens of innocents - mostly children as hostages, Shew chooses the latter, and is forced to carry the capstone of Thouzer's pyramid, shredded leg tendons and all, to the top. But Thouzer's men cuff his legs with Shew expected to be crushed by the stone's weight "christening" the pyramid. Shew spends some of his last words accepting his death, but declaring that the pyramid will not stand for long, and that the North Star will overcome the Pole Star - as no South Star will ever shine as ruler of Heaven.
- Disability Superpower: He might be blind, but he can see with his heart.
- Doting Parent: To all children. He is proud of his son's Heroic Sacrifice to rescue Kenshiro even if it meant
- Emotional Bruiser: Hard to believe this sweet and gentle man is a great warrior, isn't it?
- Extremity Extremist: Nanto Hakurou Ken specializes in kicks.
- A Father to His Men: And to the children who have lost theirs to Thouzer's tyranny.
- Friend to All Children: Shew blinded himself over killing a young Kenshiro and gave his life to protect the slave children of Thouzer.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: While not benevolent looking the scars on his eyes come from him becoming the Star of benevolence.
- Handicapped Badass: Blindness caused by his own hands does not hamper his mastery of Nanto Hakurou Ken at all.
- Heel Realisation: Following his win against the young Kenshiro, who has accepted his own impending death as a consequence of his loss and states that it was an honor to fight such a great opponent, Shew violates the match's rules by demanding his life be spared and blinds himself to compensate and satisfy regulations. Thouzer was left speechless by Shew's sacrifice, who also realizes that Shew was awakened to his destiny as the Star of Benevolence by the actions of a boy.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Agonizingly marches to his death to spare the lives of one hundred hostages.
- Honor Before Reason: He won't kill Thouzer if there is a chance the children die doing it and will go so far as letting himself be tortured to death by the tyran to spare them.
- Kung-Fu Jesus: Literally bears a cross (of stone) to save children from Thouzer unto his death.
- Let's You and Him Fight: Invoked. He met Kenshiro (for the second time) and challenged him to a duel. When Ken got the upper hand, Lin cried at him not to kill him. Shew then reveals that he's a friend of Rei's, and only fought him to see how strong the Hokuto Shinken successor was as he needed his help against Thouzer.
- Nice Guy: Part and parcel of being the Star of Benevolence is Shew's care for his friends and the innocent children around him, as well as blinding himself to spare a young defeated Kenshiro's life. Even when Thouzer forces him to his death, Shew's blood runs from underneath the Holy Cross Mausoleum's capstone in such a way that Toki wonders if Shew is mourning Thouzer. As Shew himself put it, "Though my eyes have lost their light, the tears refuse to run dry."
- Papa Wolf: Arguably the greatest in the series next to Fudoh of the Mountains, as his love for children conflicted with his duty as a warrior. Unfortunately, this cost him a priceless opportunity to slay a completely defenceless Thouzer, then his dignity, and finally his life.
- Secret Test of Character: He initially pretends to be a villain when he meets Kenshiro as an adult, so that Kenshiro will fight him without holding back. The purpose was to see if the rumored "savior of the post-apocalyptic world" was really all he was cracked up to be, even if it meant risking his life in a real fight against Kenshiro.
- Spell My Name with an "S": It is "Shew", "Shu", "Shuu" or "Shuh"? Depending on the kanji, "Shū" can mean "kick", to which Nanto Hakurou Ken specializes in just that.
- Tender Tears: Has a heart arguably softer than both Kenshiro and Toki's.
- Too Good for This Sinful Earth: One of the very few unambiguously good peoples in this wasteland torn by nuclear fire. Even Raoh, who would usually sneer at benevolence, reverently admits to Shew's death as "a magnificent end".
- Tragic Hero: The loss of his wife and later his only child both weigh heavy on Shew. He's immensely compassionate to his soldiers and to the children under his protection, but ultimately that compassion leads to his undoing by Thouzer. With so many innocents held under the Holy Emperor's thumb, Shew can do nothing except march to his own death.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Shew's hair is a vibrant blue in the anime, as the uncolourized manga panels had his hair drawn light, so it was anyone's guess.
The Nanto Goshasei ' ("South Dipper Five Chariot Stars") are the sworn bodyguards of the Last General of Nanto. Like the Nanto Roku Seiken, the Goshasei correspond to the constellation of Auriga, the Charioteer, with all five members representing an element. They make their appearance in the final arc of the first part of Fist of the North Star, all opposing Ken-oh and his advance towards the General.
Voiced by (Japanese): Kazuyuki Sogabe (TV anime), Hiroshi Tsuchida (Legends of the True Savior), Ryousuke Kanemoto (Ken's Rage)
Voiced by (English): Bradford Hill (TV anime, recut dub)
The first of the Nanto Goshasei who faces Ken-Oh, Huey is the leader of the "Wind Brigade." While his fighting style is unnamed, unlike other Nanto Seiken styles that uses air pressure, Huey can manipulate air currents to slice his opponents apart easily, including steel.
- Apologetic Attacker: The only person in the series to utter the words "forgive me" after killing a mook.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: Blue, just like his hair.
- Blow You Away: A secondary skill he's acquired on account of his Razor Wind abilities. Even after his death, a cold forceful wind batters Raoh's troops and spreads Shuren's fire.
- Combination Attack: He has a few with Shuren of the Flames in the manga Spin-Off Houkou no Kumo ("Way of the Clouds")
- Fragile Speedster: Very agile and can slice thugs to ribbons, but Raoh kills him with a single punch.
- Kiai: "EEEEAAAAUUUUUAAAAHHHH!!!"
- Razor Wind: Controls the actual element of wind, whereas other Nanto fighters concentrate air pressure.
- Spell My Name with an "S": While "Hyui" is a direct transliteration, a promotional poster released by Raijin Comics when they were publishing the short-lived "Master Edition" of Fist of the North Star spells his name as "Huey". Supposedly, the character was named after the singer Huey Lewis.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Only has two episodes in the anime, whereas in the manga, Huey was Killed Off for Real faster than Zeed.
Voiced by: Norio Wakamoto (TV anime), Nobuyuki Hiyama (Legends of the True Savior), Hiromu Miyazaki (Ken's Rage)
The second of the Nanto Goshasei encountered by Ken-Oh, Shuren is the leader of the "Crimson Army" and a master of Gosha Enjō Ken ("Five Chariot Fiery Passion Fist"), which allows him to cover his body in flames. Shuren leads the Crimson Army to halt the advance of Ken-Oh and his army and to avenge his "brother star" Huey.
- Combination Attack: With Huey in Houkou no Kumo
- Due to the Dead: Upon hearing of Hyui's death, Shuren has his own castle set alight as a funeral pyre to his fallen friend.
- Fiery Redhead: In the anime
- Fingore: When attempting to strike Raoh, Raoh grabs Shuren's fingers in his own, and crushes them.
- Manly Tears: A river of it for Huey.
- Neck Snap: When Shuren attempts his last stand against Raoh by burning him to death, Raoh grabs Shuren's head in his massive hands, twists it 180 degrees, crushes it, and leaves his body to be burned by his own flames.
- Playing with Fire: Gosha Enjō Ken manipulates phosphorus to engulf enemies while slicing them to pieces.
- Undying Loyalty: Shuren dutifully marches towards Raoh, and his own death, all for the sake of his comrade (Hyui) and his General.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Like Huey, Shuren appears in only one episode following his introduction; he lasts just slightly longer in the manga.
Voiced by: Yoshito Yasuhara (TV anime), Keiji Fujiwara (Legends of the Dark King), Masaya Takatsuka (Ken's Rage)
A master of his own self-taught martial art style, the free-spirited Juza is a childhood rival of Raoh and friend to Yuria. While growing up with the latter, he began to fall in love with her and wished for hand in marriage, but is lambasted when told that Yuria is his half-sister from the same father. Afterwards, Juza began living a life of promiscuity and indifference, even while Ken-Oh begins to direct his attention to the Last General of Nanto. When Juza learns of the true identity of General, he challenges Raoh to a duel and stalls his advance by stealing Koku-Oh. Unfortunately, Raoh manages to wound Juza enough, forcing a rematch between them. Juza's life expires soon afterwards from taking, but not before he dies refusing to tell Raoh who the General is.
- '80s Hair: The kind that would put any other Casanova Wannabe to shame; allegedly an obsessively maintained coiffure.
- The Ace: Among the Nanto Goshasei warriors, he was considered to be the most gifted of them all as far as fighting prowess goes.
- Adapted Out: His fight scene with Raoh was omitted in the second Legend of Raoh movie, despite being one of the most iconic battles in the manga.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Black in the manga, light blue in the anime (to match with his half-brother Ryuga), and brown in Ken's Rage.
- Anti-Hero: He's a lot more smart-mouthed and hedonistic than the other members of the Nanto Goshasei, but just as selfless and protective of others when he's on the battlefield.
- Badass Longcoat: In the Houkou no Kumo manga and Ken's Rage; it comes sleeveless, too
- Badass Normal: One of the few men to seriously challenge Raoh, and with a fighting style that is completely self-taught.
- Boss Subtitles: "Capricious Man of the Clouds - Juza"
- Brilliant, but Lazy: Implied by Rei during their encounter in the Houkou no Kumo manga, by him asking Juza why he doesn't master his fighting style. Juza evades the question by saying he doesn't have to. While he is considered a prodigy fighter among the Goshasei and does show off his genius talent in battle by coming up with many original techniques, he didn't have any interest in protecting the Last General of Nanto for most of his life and frequently escaped from his training practice as a kid. This may also explain why in a flashback, Ryuken said that Juza and Raoh were equals (while they were teens), but in adulthood he still loses to Raoh - the latter had completed his martial art's training, but Juza presumably never bothered with his, and his talent alone was not enough to win in the end.
- BrotherSister Incest: Defied Trope; he reluctantly gives up on the idea of pursuing a relationship with Yuria after finding out that they're siblings.
- Chivalrous Pervert: He would be this towards any and all women except Yuria, with whom he remains only chivalrous. In Houkou no Kumo grabbing Mamiya's boobs earns him a good beating before Airi recognizes him. He soon begins hitting on Airi afterwards.
- Confusion Fu: His style is self-made and self-taught, but he's able to fight on an equal level with several carriers of 2000+ year old styles because of how unorthodox and chaotic it is.
- Defiant to the End: Rather than betray the Last General of Nanto, he decides to insult Raoh one last time.
- Determinator: Especially in the anime Adaptation Expansion final fight against Raoh, where he keeps on fighting even after he's dead.
- A Good Way to Die: Explained in his Gaiden. He was a free-spirited, talented young man, but also a Heartbroken Badass after learning that Yuria was his half-sister and sadly became a hedonist Stepford Smiler without any purpose in life. After learning from Airi that Rei died for Mamiya, Juza admired him for being able to do a Heroic Sacrifice for the woman he loved, and cursed the fact that he couldn't do a similar sacrifice himself since Yuria was dead (or so he would believe) after the Southern Cross arc. This is why once Juza meets Yuria again as the Last General of Nanto, he not only rejoices at the sight of her still alive, but revels in the fact that he's now able to make a Heroic Sacrifice for her sake. And if he gets to troll Raoh along the way, that's even better for him! He clearly doesn't want to die, but once he realizes Raoh has become too strong and will most likely kill him, he goes on to meet his fate anyway, for the woman he always loved, and a good death he gets. So good it is, that even Raoh himself goes from utterly despising Juza for his constant "lifeless troll" attitude, to utterly admiring him for his bravery and determination during their duel, and orders his men to bury him as a hero.
- The Hedonist: As a result to reveal about Yuria to be his sister, Juza descended into a hedonistic and promiscuous lifestyle to bury the pain from his broken heart.
- Hero of Another Story: In his own gaiden, Houkou no Kumo he alone saves several villagers from Raoh's dominion before confronting the tyrant himself.
- Heroic Bastard: Implied in the original manga and anime, in which he didn't find out about his relation to Yuria until adulthood. Made more explicit in the Gaiden material, in which he is not only revealed to be younger than Yuria's full-blooded brother Ryuga (suggesting that Juza was conceived from an extramarital affair), but that he is also a literal Son of a Whore.
- Heroic BSoD: When he finds out the love of his life is his half sister and watches her run off into the sunset with Kenshiro. This later turns into...
- Hidden Heart of Gold: He cannot help but be unconditionally kind to women. In the anime, he also tells his loyal gang of punk followers to live free before his rematch with Raoh, showing that he does care for them and wishes them well after what would be his last fight.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: When he sees for himself that Kenshiro IS a decent, kind man, Juza acknowledges that Yuria will be happy if she spends her life with him.
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall: In the anime, after suddenly averting his death from the manga, Juza states the following."I'm of the clouds. I move and do as I please. We're gonna do things my way."
- Lovable Sex Maniac
- Love Martyr
- Mr. Fanservice: On BOTH sides of the fourth wall; enough so that Houkou no Kumo is drawn by a female Shojo manga artist gushing over how pretty he is.
- Power Palms: His Gekiheki Haisui Shou ("Strike Wall Backwater Palm") technique.
- Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: Has his own variant done with rapid kicks. He can easily humiliate the average Mook this way, or even give a major threat like Raoh a hard time with this move.
- Senseless Sacrifice: Doubly so - Juza attempts to break one of Raoh's arms in his final moments; it doesn't work. Juza dies refusing to tell Raoh who the Nanto General's identity is; Raoh correctly infers it from watching the way Juza refuses.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Juza? Juuza? Jyuza?
- Stepford Smiler: Of the "secretly depressed" variety. He loved Yuria since childhood, until the revelation of her being his half-sister took a toll on him. Even then, he's still a smartass.
- Troll: Towards Raoh. Once when Juza was but a teen, he snatched some Toki and Raoh's eggs so fast that they didn't even notice they were gone, and splatted one of them on Raoh's face before running away. After they meet each other years later, Juza would not waste a single occassion to keep trolling Raoh time and again, from stealing Koku-Oh and slapping his own ass at Raoh, to insulting him and flipping the bird at him in the anime, even if doing so will cost him his life. He also does this to Daruka, a giant Mook who kept a harem of women for himself, before freeing them in his own introduction. It certainly seems that Juza enjoys humiliating bad guys much more than just killing them.
- Unconscious Objector: Continued to fight Raoh for a while despite being dead.
Voiced by: Shozo Iizuka (TV anime), Daisuke Gori (Legends of the True Savior), Hiromu Miyazaki (Ken's Rage)
Once known as a terrible outlaw called "Fudoh the Ogre", this titanic, self-centered ruffian cared for no one but himself, pillaging whatever he could find and killing anyone who stood in his way. During a rampage through Ryuken's dojo, Fudoh was able to instill fear into a young Raoh. When a young Yuria stood up to him to protect a dog and its newborn litter of puppies, Fudoh learned the importance of life from this experience, drastically changing his ways. Becoming one of the Nanto Goshasei, Fudoh would protect the Last General of Nanto, including several orphaned children, to whom he would be their foster father. As Ken-Oh makes his way closer to the General, Fudoh is dispatched to ensure Kenshiro meets the General first, but relinquishes their identity when Kenshiro presses him for information.
In order to overcome his fear of Kenshiro, Raoh challenges Fudoh, threatening to kill his children if he does not comply. Becoming Fudoh the Ogre again, the giant protector is heavily injured by the superior Raoh, yet Fudoh manages to make Raoh retreat slightly, causing Raoh's men to impale Fudoh with several large lances and arrows, mortally wounding him. However, the fear that was instilled into Raoh continues to linger, despite the giant's death soon afterwards.
- Adorkable: His clumsiness is what makes him endearing as a character.
- Badass Adorable: A big cuddly teddy-bear of a sweetheart who is kind to children, and is the only character to really qualify for this trope in the franchise (Adult Rin is too much of a Distressed Damsel to be badass).
- Beware the Nice Ones: When he becomes Fudoh the Ogre again, he tells Bat and Rin to shield his childrens' eyes when killing one of Raoh's Giant Mook foot soldiers.
- The Big Guy: He isn't call the ogre for nothing and is definitely a good guy by the series starting point.
- Boss Subtitles: "Warrior of the Mountains - Fudoh"
- Bumbling Dad: It's an act, yes, but all the better to let his children grow up with warmth, happiness and laughter.
- Doting Parent: To every child under his care
- Doomed Moral Victor: Potentially Trope Codifier - Raoh may have killed Fudoh's physical body, but Fudoh absolutely demolishes the tyrant's belief in himself as a man."My body may die; I may be reduced to but a single drop of blood. But those with courage will rise time and again to face you; while you, Raoh, will live for the rest of your life but a mere terrified coward!!"
- The Dreaded: His massive frame and nihilistic attitude before his HeelFace Turn made Fudoh the Ogre the first man to ever inspire fear in Raoh. Raoh, resolved to kill any doubt left in his mind sets out to fell Fudoh once and for all as a warm up against Ken but faces something even more frightening than Fudoh's initial nihilism: the defiant resolve brought on by love and sorrow. Though Raoh ultimately kills Fudoh off, Raoh loses a symbolic battle and is left embarrassed and ashamed at himself for even flinching before him and the defiant sadness of the children under Fudoh's care.
- Emotional Bruiser: Even back in his days as a bandit all it took was a puppy to make do a HeelFace Turn.
- Everything's Precious with Puppies: During one of his bandit raids, Pre-HeelFace Turn Fudoh was very interested in knowing what Yuria was hiding behind a door all for the sake of ruining her day alongside everyone else's. Once he forces the door open, Yuria presents her pet dog and her newborn puppies, one of which licks Fudoh on the nose and immediately changes his attitude as he comes to learn the value of life.
- Friend to All Children
- Gentle Giant: Fudoh's one of the few giants in Fist of the North Star to be a genuinely nice man even though he didn't start out that way.
- A Good Way to Die: Even as he is trashed by Raoh he kept going and the soldier had to shoot him with ballistas because Fudoh succeeded in pushing him back. He is fine dying knowing Kenshiro will take care of his children and defeat Raoh who proved himself a coward during their fight.
- Go Out with a Smile
- Happily Adopted: All his children.
- HeelFace Turn: Fudoh embodies the Rousseau Was Right ideology that is the heart of the series.
- Meaningful Name: Shares his name with a Buddhist deity whose name means the "immovable one".
- Mighty Glacier: He is really slow but can break mountains.
- Nice Guy
- Oddly Small Organization: Hyui and Shuren have their squads, Rihaku has his army, and Juza has the ruffians he calls friends, but of all the Nanto Goshasei, Fudoh prefers to act as a One-Man Army, and only has a handful of soldiers to act as guards or scouts.
- One-Man Army: Fudoh, one; Ken-oh Bike Squad, ZERO
- Papa Wolf: Threaten one of Fudoh's children and he'll destroy you.
- Tender Tears: Of love shed for children in suffering.
- The Power of Love: What Fudoh's children gave him to find the strength and courage to absolutely DESTROY the seemingly invincible tyrant Raoh.
- Too Good for This Sinful Earth
- Took a Level in Kindness: Big time. Before he met Yuria, he was just one more giant, ruthless bastard that Kenshiro would have asploded without a second thought. Then he turns into a Nice Guy.
- Tragic Hero:
Leader of the Nanto Goshasei, Rihaku possesses no martial arts training (in the manga), but he is a military strategist. He prepares a series of booby traps for Raoh when he attacks the headquarters in search of the Last General of Nanto. Post-Time Skip, Rihaku serves as the senior strategist of the Hokuto Army led by Bat and Lin.
- Adaptational Badass: In addition to the details below under Non-Action Guy, Rihaku's martial art style in the anime was skillful enough that Raoh had to dodge some of his initial attacks and Rihaku is shown destroying stone statues and pillars each time Raoh dodged his incoming blows.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: If it weren't for the traps he put to fight Raoh, the tyrant wouldn't have escaped from his fight with Kenshiro, nor captured Yuria on his way out.
- Non-Action Guy: In the manga, Rihaku has no actual martial arts, but rather his specialty comes from his military planning and his ability to set up traps. The anime gave him his own fighting style Gosha Hasui Ken ("Five Chariot Wave Crush Fist") and had him have a tussle with Raoh.
- Outliving One's Offspring: Rihaku is saddened to learn of his only daughter, Toh's, death. After Raoh's attack he cremates her.
- Sole Survivor: Of all the Nanto Goshasei.
With the world a wasteland a new order arises. Shin brings a number of gangs under his iron fist and fashions an army. Situating their capital at Southern Cross he becomes the King he's always wanted to be, naming his organization after that title. Though his army gives him an edge it's still a disorganized mess of violent thugs more eager to tear down the ruins rather than fulfill Shin's dreams of building an empire.
The organization was expanded significantly in the Anime wherein a ton of Filler Villains were added to fill out the ranks and a number of formerly independent villains (Jackal and the Godhand) were absorbed into the organization.
Voiced by (Japanese)': Tessho Genda (TV anime), Yasuhiko Kawazu (Ken's Rage 2'')
Voiced by (English)''': Kirk Thornton (TV anime)
One of the four lieutenants in Shin's "KING" organization, Spade is the first one encountered by Kenshiro, and is the weakest of the group, barely above the average punk in strength. Not really a martial artist, Spade uses a variety of weapons like a wrist-mounted crossbow, dual axes and a spear to fight.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: From white in the manga and Ken's Rage to red in the anime
- An Axe to Grind: Can use two at the same time; unfortunately, it's not a very smart or efficient way to fight The Hero.
- The Bully
- Dirty Coward
- Expy: Bears a resemblance to Wez from The Road Warrior
- Eye Patch Of Power: Considering that he got it by being utterly humiliated by Kenshiro, it may as well be an eye-patch of disgrace instead.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Is blinded by the same arrow he shot at Kenshiro
- Oh, Crap!: After Kenshiro decimates his forces and breaks his arms at the elbows. Then Kenshiro turns him into a human grenade...
- Quirky Mini Boss Squad: The weakest of Shin's card-themed henchmen
- Too Dumb to Live: Just how many times has Kenshiro give someone a second chance after seeing them cruelly hurt and mistreat the weak and the helpless? Just how many times has he given someone two chances to walk away alive? He gave Spade two chances to run, yet Spade still returns for more from the same man who blocked an arrow with two fingers, left him with the use of one eye, and is a master of the martial arts like his boss. His common and self-preservation senses had to have been turned off.
Voiced by: Daisuke Gori (Japanese), Peter Spellos (English)
The second of the Shin's lieutenants, Diamond is a bright, garishly-clad warrior skilled in bojutsu. Very sadistic, his torture of the local villagers incites Kenshiro to kill him.
- Blood Knight: Like Mr. Heart and unlike Spade and Club, Diamond isn't a Dirty Coward. He relishes the opportunity to get into a fight, and even after Kenshiro tossed him and his staff up in the air with ease, Diamond's back on his feet for another go.
- The Bully
- Kick the Dog: In the manga, Diamond forces a little girl to hold up her father who has a noose around his neck, a scene inspired by Frank's most despicable act in Once Upon a Time in the West. Because the scene was too cruel to adapt for the anime, he instead forces a father to go William Telling with his son, balancing a target-can on his head.
- Monster Clown: His face paint makes him resemble one in the manga.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Bears a strong resemblance to the shock-rockers of KISS.
- Simple Staff: Or rather a 4-inch thick 8-foot long post that can break two men in one swing; too bad it means diddly squat against the 64th successor of Hokuto Shinken.
- Quirky Mini Boss Squad
Voiced by (Japanese): Koji Totani (TV anime), Takashi Ohara (Legends of the Dark King)
Voiced by (English): Robert Martin Klein (TV anime)
The third of Shin's four lieutenants, Club is a martial artist trained in the Praying Mantis-style and enhances it with the addition of iron claws. Known for training in his style by butchering unwilling, helpless villages, Club is suprised when Kenshiro is more than a match for him.
- Curb-Stomp Cushion: In the manga, he barely lands a hit on Ken while in the anime, he manages to cut Ken's chest. Not that it made any difference.
- Dirty Coward: Begs and screams like a little girl for the mercy that he never gave the men whose lives he toyed with.
- Finger Licking Evil: Apparently he finds Kenshiro's blood on his claws to be delicious.
- Fingore: Ken jabs his fingers and in the anime it either shatters them or makes them-explode (the animation makes it unclear which), while in the manga it snaps his finger bones and the fractures pierce through the skin.
- Fragile Speedster: He's fairly quick on his feet (by comparison to the average, untrained joe), but he's small as hell and folds up as fast as any other mook when faced down by Ken.
- Lean and Mean: When compared to the more bulky physiques of Diamond and Spade, and Mr. Heart's girth, Club's a lot more thin and wiry. He's also one of the more openly sadistic.
- Quirky Mini Boss Squad: The penultimate henchmen Kenshiro faces before challenging the mighty Mr.Heart.
- The Sociopath: Takes intense sexual pleasure in men's despair whom he forces to fight him for their lives.
- Wolverine Claws: Corollary ground rule Second in Fist of the North Star - Never Bring a Knife to a Fist Fight, as Club's fingers and spinal-chord finds out the less-than-comfortable way.
Voiced by (Japanese): Shozo Iizuka (TV anime), Junpei Takiguchi (movie), Takahiro Fujimoto (Ken's Rage)
Voiced by (English): Joe Romersa (TV anime), Robert Axelrod (TV anime, recut dub), Dave Mallow (The Movie), Travis Willingham (Ken's Rage)
The last of the four lieutenants, Mr. Heart is a large overweight fighter whose stomach is composed of a rubber-like substance capable of absorbing any external impact, earning him the nickname the "destroyer of martial arts".
- Achilles' Heel: Though it's never used against him. Mr. Heart admits that his ability to be a Kung Fu-Proof Mook is only against Hokuto practitioners because their need to damage pressure points. Against Nanto Seiken practitioners, who can slice flesh easily, he's as weak as the average joe. Even though Kenshiro invokes Attack Its Weak Point on Heart, his weakness is just about the same as everyone else, just hidden better.
- Acrofatic: In the anime, he somersaults off a cliff and lands on his feet before confronting Kenshiro.
- Adaptational Name Change: Whether intentional or not (as none of the other KING lieutenants appear in the movie), Mr. Heart is spelled 'Hart' in the Streamline dub of the 1986 movie.
- In early promotional material, Heart was called 'Elephant', to fit more in line with Fox and Jackal's animal naming scheme.
- Adaptational Wimp: Gets killed seconds in the 1986 Fist of the North Star movie.
- Affably Evil: Only when calm; he appears to be the only Nice Guy in Shin's army as he scolds his own men for harassing a bartender. Unfortunately, he immediately changes personality when he noticed he actually got his palm cut by a shard of broken glass and drew blood.
- Ascended Extra: In the manga, Mr. Heart was a Giant Mook who lasted only four chapters before he was killed (two episodes in the anime). However, he's a recurring character in various video games despite his fairly minor status (when it comes to Shin's card-themed minions, he's usually either given the most attention or the only one to get any attention). His popularity can be attributed to the fact he is one of the first adversaries in the manga who proves to be more than a mere pushover against Kenshiro.
- There's a reason why he's called "Mr. Heart" (or "Heart-sama") and everyone else is just "Spade", "Diamond", and "Club".
- He's even a playable character in Ken's Rage via Downloadable Content, and he's unique by being placed in the "Special" category, yet doesn't use weapons. Instead, his body literally is rubber-like, as he can inflate his belly and hand. He can also breath fire and fire a beam of ki from his mouth.
- Berserk Button: The sight of his own blood
- Boss Subtitles: "Destroyer of Fists - Heart"
- The Dragon: In the manga and other media based on the manga, he's this to Shin. He's Shin's last (and most powerful) henchman, fought in Shin's palace and is immediately followed up by the man himself. In the anime, however, due to a bunch of later arcs being merged into Shin's arc, he's just another Giant Mook and there are still plenty of henchmen left to go after he's been dealt with.
- Fat Bastard: He might not be as much of a sadist as his colleagues, but hes still not a nice guy.
- Freudian Excuse: His own prequel manga revealed the source of him freaking out over his own blood being spilled: As a child, his sister was killed in front of him by slicing her open, which splattered her blood all over Heart.
- Giant Mook: A fairly well-known example for Shōnen, though he becomes a bit more of a conventional type in the movie.
- Gonk: His girth prevents him from being too nice to look at. Although...
- I Was Quite a Looker: Can you believe that Mr. Heart used to be a Bishōnen like THIS in the spinoff prequel manga Heart Gaiden? Though the canonity in that manga is rather unclear.
- Kevlard: Practically Trope Codifier.
- Kung Fu-Proof Mook: Due to Kevlard, he's apparently immune to Kenshiro's pressure point strikes, until Kenshiro moves the fat around his belly and hits the points accurately. In Ken's Rage, this is represented as immunity to damage, hitstun, and knockback until the player wears down his guard gauge.
- According to Shin, that fat makes him immune to any and all martial arts and weapons aside from Nanto Seiken (and his introductory scene has his men react to him berserking by throwing a loadful of maces at him. That tickled him before he threw them back by flexing his fat). Had Hokuto Shinken not included a technique specifically to move away the fat and hit the pressure point, he would have been right.
- Logical Weakness: His Kevlard is for dealing with blunt blows rather than sharp ones, much like how a real life kevlar vest can absorb the shock of bullets but can be sliced apart by a knife. Nanto Seiken techniques can be used against him but in the original they never are.
- Macho Camp: Just before he fights Kenshiro, Mr. Heart begins admiring the martial artist's marvelous physique in a flirty tone of voice. Whenever he's not serious, he uses atashi as his pronoun.
- Mighty Glacier: Heart cant be very fast for his size, but he hits very hard.
- Minor Injury Overreaction: Despite his enormous frame, a small bleeding cut can send Mr. Heart into a wild frenzy.
- No-Nonsense Nemesis: The other lieutenants were introduced via their sadistic pettiness (bullying innocent villagers, forcing them into sadistic choices, or just killing them for fun), which ultimately get's Kenshiro involved and leads to their deaths. Mr. Heart is specifically introduced to purse Kenshiro, and pays more attention to hunting the man down rather than just being a dick.
- Quirky Mini Boss Squad: The last and most powerful of Shin's minions
- Wake-Up Call Boss: Notably, Mr. Heart is the first villain to beat Kenshiro until he vomited blood onscreen, reminding us our hero is still human. In Ken's Rage, he introduces the fat/giant enemies.
Voiced by: Shigeru Chiba (Japanese), Richard Cansino (English)
A chief officer in the KING Organization Joker is Shin's right hand man in the anime. He's slippery, tricky, and fights with razor-sharp playing cards.
- Co-Dragons: At first he seemed to be Shin's sole Dragon up until Balcom was introduced. Balcom leads Souther Cross's regular army whilst Joker is the go between Shin and the various gangs under him. As a result it was on Joker's orders that Ken faced many foes and when Balcom fails to kill him Joker elects to do it himself.
- Death Dealer: His main weapons are his sharp playing cards. He uses them to send Mr. Heart into a rampage to take down Kenshiro.
- Face Death with Dignity: When Kenshiro has him beaten and about to explode he gives Joker an ultimatum: die or give a message to Shin. Joker told him to shove it and chose to die rather than grovel.
- Filler Villain: Probably the most recurring of all the anime-only bad guys.
- Flash Step: Can appear from thin air, as if he had just teleported. When trying to use this for his advantage in a direct fight against Kenshiro, he is quickly outmatched as Kenshiro can easily keep up with him.
- Graceful Loser: After being beaten and having only a few seconds left to live, instead of undergoing a Villainous Breakdown like many other mooks, he simply sends a message to Shin informing him of Ken's victory and then calmly wonders who would emerge victorious from their up-coming fight, Shin or Ken.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: He has green hair and eye-brows.
Voiced by (Japanese): Seizō Katō (TV anime)
Voiced by (English): Beau Billingseau (TV anime), G. Larry Butler (TV anime, recut dub)
A recurring anime-exclusive henchman under Shin. The leader of Shin's army, Balcom is a powerful and brutal user of Taizanji Kenpō able to harden his muscles and strike at incredible speeds.
- Bald of Evil: When his helmet is destroyed we see he has no hair on his head.
- Beard of Evil: Thick, black, and savage.
- Co-Dragons: He and Joker are both Shin's top henchmen. Balcom directly manages Southern Cross's regular army, whereas Joker manages the miscellaneous gangs serving under Shin and serves as reconnaissance.
- The Dog Bites Back: One of the reasons that he rebels against Shin is his growing resentment of Shin wasting hundreds of men and resources fighting Ken without any compensation.
- Eviler Than Thou: He also hates how Shin reigns in the destructive tendencies and plundering of him and his mooks because he tries to make Yuria happy.
- Expy: Of Baiken Kinbu, from the original Fist of the North Star pilot, using his same techniques and getting killed in the same way.
- Filler Villain: He's only in the anime, both to provide an extra obstacle to Kenshiro and to give Shin a Villainous Valour moment when he inevitably tries to kill him.
- Four-Star Badass: He's the only minion under Shin that can give him a halfway decent fight.
- General Ripper: He sends his soldiers against Shin, and while they fight, has grenades tossed down, consuming all the combatants in an explosion in an attempt to kill Shen.
- No-Sell: His breathing technique allows him to do this to certain weapons, such as knives or large rocks. It doesn't work against Shin however.
- The Starscream: He and Shin's still living staff stage a coup against him in episode 21.
Voiced by: Tesshō Genda (Japanese), Michael Sorich (English)
An anime only villain serving as the Villain of the Week for episode 14. Dante was a ruthless gang leader and Nanto Seiken practitioner who's partner in crime, Duran, left to live a peaceful life as a doctor in a village. Upon finding this out he and his gang go to destroy all Duran had built.
- Ambiguously Gay: His design has an obvious leatherman vibe to it and he kisses the men he kills.
- Awesome Aussie: The dub gave him an Australian accent, possibly because of his boomerangs that he incorporates into his "Nento Soikehn".
- Badass Mustache: Blue like his hair and styled in an appropriate Leatherman-esque way.
- Disney Villain Death: Kenshiro makes him walk towards a volcano helplessly then he falls in.
- Filler Villain: Only present in the anime.
- Leatherman: His getup seems to be a throwback to the trope. He does bear an uncanny resemblance to the OG example, Glenn Hughes.
When Raoh proclaims himself the Conquerer of Century's End he amasses a massive army to sweep across the land. His military is staffed by mercenaries, thugs, fanatics, and gangsters all following who they believe to be the strongest man in the wasteland. The pool of villains is quite diverse ranging from vile monsters to men looking to fix the broken world. Not all of them are particularly loyal to Ken-Oh but his strength and the fear he commands keeps them in line.
Raoh's gigantic black horse. Kokuoh dutifully stays by his master's side throughout all of Raoh's trials and fights. The horse is quite intelligent and able to aid his master in combat though only does so sparingly. Kokuoh only let's those he deems worthy ride him, such as Juza who steals him away to make fun of Raoh or Kenshiro who inherits the animal after Raoh's defeat.
- Cool Horse: He's a horse the size of an elephant that can carry the titanic Raoh. His hoofs can crush a man.
- Only the Chosen May Ride: Kokuoh is particular about who get's to ride him and it's clear that he favors Raoh above all the others. Juza was able to steal and ride him though he noted that Kokuoh kept resisting him and wished to return to Raoh. After Raoh's passing Kenshiro rides off on him into the sunset to conclude the first series.
- Undying Loyalty: Of all of Ken-Oh's forces it is Kokuoh who is the most loyal to Raoh. When his army abandons him for fear that he would lose to Kenshiro, it was Kokuoh alone who remained by his master's side and allowed him to ride on his back when it looked like Raoh's legs would fail him.
- Worthy Opponent: Though it is unspoken Kokuoh did respect Juza for being able to ride him and indicates that he wished for an honorable burial for him even though he was his master's enemy.
Voiced by (Japanese): Hideyuki Hori (TV anime), Daisuke Sakaguchi (child) (Legends of the True Savior), Daisuke Matsubara (Legends of the Dark King), Takeshi Mori (Ken's Rage)
Voiced by (English): Doug Erholtz (Ken's Rage)
Ryuga is the master of Taizan Tenrōken ("Mt. Tai Celestial Wolf Fist"), who represents the solitary "Star of the Celestial Wolf" (better known as Sirius), neither part of the North Dipper or South Dipper constellations. Taizan Tenrōken, known as a horrible martial arts, scoops the chunks of its victims' flesh while leaving them with a feeling of bitter coldness. The elder brother of Yuria (and, by proxy, the half-brother of Juza), Ryuga aligned with Raoh, believing he had the methodology to restore order to a chaotic wasteland, until he begins to question his loyalty when he meets Kenshiro. In order to see whether Raoh or Kenshiro's ways are correct, Ryuga goes on a mad killing spree of innocent people, hoping to goad Kenshiro into a fight. To that end, he kidnaps Toki and challenges Kenshiro at his fortress. However, Ryuga was already dying during their duel, having disembowled himself prior to the fight. He reveals to Kenshiro his motivations were to create enough sadness within Kenshiro's heart, so as to grant him the power to endure this era. With a locket of Yuria he keeps and shows to Kenshiro, Ryuga dies trusting that his sister made the right choice by choosing the successor of Hokuto Shinken.
- Adaptational Heroism: In the manga his murder of Toki is preceded by him killing Toki's patients. In the anime he just makes a beeline for Toki and refrains from killing innocent people.
- Anti-Villain: Ryuga only wanted peace in this new world, but his actions were totally misguided, such as killing innocents in order to see if Kenshiro was the savior the world needed.
- Boss Subtitles: "The Lone Wolf - Ryuga"
- Death Equals Redemption: Invoked this by committing sepukku before fighting Kenshiro.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: Toki's, who soon follows him to join the stars above.
- The Dragon: Raoh's second-in-command.
- Easily Forgiven: Toki cradles him as he dies, and comments that they'll both become stars to watch over Kenshiro. Previously, Ryuga was mass-murdering Toki's patients to provoke him.
- An Ice Person: Taizan Tenrōken is represented as a bleak wind freezing over its victims as they die.
- I'm Cold... So Cold...: His techniques have this effect on his victims, as their nerves slowly lose sensation and renders them completely numb before blood violently spurts from their wounds.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Invoked; Ryuga wanted to bring out Kenshiro's sadness and anger so he can learn Musou Tensei and gain the power to defeat Raoh, something Toki had tried to do indirectly during his final bout with his brother.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Modeled after Davie Bowie as "The White Duke"
- Odd Name Out: Ryuga is one of the few martial artists during the first half of the manga who isn't affiliated with Hokuto nor Nanto
- The Stoic: When he isn't pretending to be an evil sadist to enrage Kenshiro.
- Suicide by Cop
- Token Good Teammate: Ryuga is the only practitioner of a style of Taizanji Kenpo seen in the main series that isn't either a cruel bandit or a vicious brute of some kind. Even including non-canon materials, the ratio of good to evil practitioners is pretty damn lopsided towards the latter side.
- Tragic Villain
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Unlike most of Kenshiro's friends and rivals, we never see his upbringing in flashbacks. His absence in Yuria and Juza's flashbacks are odd, too. However, Ken's Rage 2 delves more into his backstory.
- Worf Had the Flu: Some fans think that he would have put up more of a fight against Kenshiro if he hadn't disemboweled himself beforehand.
- Wouldn't Hit a Girl/Would Not Hurt A Child: In the anime, after startling Saki (Yuria's former handmaiden) as she tends to Yuria & Shin's graves, he assures her that he doesn't hurt women or children.
Voiced by: Masato Hirano
Ryuga's second in command, Garou helped lead Ryuga's soldiers in bringing order to Raoh's territories, the soldiers having attempted rebellion in his absence. He is a master of Taizan-ryū Zanjin Battōjutsu, a martial art that incorporates his sword. He makes it a point that his loyalty is to Ryuga rather than to Raoh himself.
- Alas, Poor Villain: One of the less wicked members of Ken-Oh's army. When he's defeated he, like his boss, convey that they hope Ken can finally make the world a better place."How I wanted to beat you myself for Ryuga. I acknowledge my failure by your hands to Ryuga. But this chaotic world needs a great tree. And that tree is you."
- Badass Mustache: A skilled fighter in his own right with some distinguished facial hair.
- Elite Mooks: Ryuga's forces self describe themselves as this and it shows. They function more like a trained group of soldiers rather than the brutish gangsters that populate the wasteland. It's their division that brings Raoh's deserters to heel.
- Filler Villain: His boss was from the manga, but Garou was created for the anime.
- Fingore: In his fight with Kenshiro, Kenshiro backhands his sword hand, destroying Garou's fingers.
- Mook Lieutenant: Not a general himself, but a sub-commander of one of Raoh's divisions (Ryuga's army). He distributes his leader's orders. He also wears a gold breastplate to distinguish himself from the army of blue breastplates.
- Noble Demon: He's an enforcer of a brutal regime, but he does believe in Ryuga's cause. After Kenshiro defeats him, Garou demands that his underlings stand down and not engage Kenshiro in revenge as they would die as well.
- Undying Loyalty: To Ryuga, a man who's goals and ambitions Garou believes in.
- Worthy Opponent: He views Kenshiro as this, having wanted to defeat him for Ryuga. As he is dying he acknowledges Kenshiro as the better combatant.
Voiced by: Daisuke Gori (TV anime), Kenta Miyake (Legends of the Dark King), Ryuzaburo Otomo (Ken's Rage), Naomi Kusumi (Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise)
The Warden of Cassandra, a prison city where many of Raoh's enemies are locked-up, never to see the light of freedom again, Uighur is a giant Mongolian warrior who wields long, sharp Taishan-style whips and a powerful shoulder tackle. He preserved Cassandra's legacy as an inescapable prison until his fight with Kenshiro.
- Bad Boss: Is wholly willing to hold the loved ones of his own henchmen hostage to ensure their loyalty.
- Beard of Evil: A thick sinister viking like beard.
- Boss Subtitles: "Hell's Gatekeeper - Uighur"
- Cool Helmet: A horned helmet not too dissimilar to that of a viking's helmet. He inexplicably hides a pair of multi-pronged whips underneath the horns, and the furry tuft in the middle hides a blade.
- The Dragon: Due to the 1986 movie condensing a lot of story, Uighur's role is upgraded to Raoh's right-hand man. He gives orders to the troops, and while Raoh prevents him from fighting Boss Fang, when Rei shows up Raoh leaves it to Uighur to kill him.
- Evil Laugh: One of the most ridiculous/hilarious ones ever recorded
- Evil Sounds Deep: Courtesy of Daisuke Gori, Uighur has a ridiculously deep and soulless voice.
- Hope Crusher: Thoroughly enjoys breaking the spirits of his prisoners, and expresses his belief that there's no such thing as saviors. "Your hope has become despair!", indeed.
- Large and in Charge
- Large Ham: Ye gods. Every aspect in him shouts this out loud, from his bombastic dialogue (usually about Cassandra's legacy as an inescapable prison and preserving it) to his attire that makes him look like an escapee from Conan the Barbarian and his Evil Laugh also, of course.
- Loves the Sound of Screaming: He basically customized the brand of torture employed in Cassandra specifically to get just the right tone of lamentation in the screams of his prisoners. Needless to say, he's quite a piece of work. Because of this, he finds no point in killing people who have chosen to Face Death with Dignity because to him, "it isn't fun".
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: Oh, look at this Giant Mook! Kenshiro is going to turn him into swiss cheese...oh, wait - is Kenshiro actually hurt from his shoulder slam? Oh, crap!! Still doesn't stop Kenshiro from getting up and wrecking him once he figures out how Uighur's technique works. Averted in the 1986 movie in which Rei killed him in one blow after effortlessly dodging his whips, though.
- Walking Shirtless Scene
- Whip It Good: His martial art is the Taizan-ryu Soujou Ben ("Taishan Style Twin Streak Whip"), where he utilizes a pair of whips which he swings blindingly fast, enough to catch Kenshiro off-guard for a moment. He also has a pair of special whips hidden in his helmet which he uses as a powerful snare, usually followed up by his signature shoulder tackle.
Voiced by: Yuji Mikimoto (Raiga) and Ikuya Sawaki (Fūga)
The twin gatekeepers of Cassandra, Raiga and Fūga are masters of the Nishin Fūraiken ("Dual Gods Wind Thunder Fist") style, a martial art that can only be practiced by twins with the same physique and mentality. They work for Cassandra's giant warden Uighur, who has their younger brother Mitsu held hostage.
- Adaptational Badass: In the Manga, they are tortured to death by Qasim and Zarqa, in the Anime, those two subdue and torture them, but Raiga and Fūga break their restraints and defeat them.
- Ascended Extra: They appear a bit longer in the anime, where they fight their former master in a filler scene.
- Elite Mooks: When prison guards, they were considered among the best, and the Warden relied on them for more powerful foes.
- HeelFace Turn: Though they were never heels by choice.
- I Have Your Little Brother
- Razor Floss: Nishin Fūraiken uses wires going from one brother to the other. Anything that passes between them is sliced to pieces.
- Redemption Equals Death: In the manga, they perish holding up a ceiling to allow Kenshiro and the others to escape.
- Redemption Promotion: When they make their HeelFace Turn they have way more opportunities to show off their badassery by taking on the prison guards, Ken-Oh's elite soldiers, and even their own master, whilst as villains they could only match Rei.
- Single-Minded Twins
- We Hardly Knew Ye
- Wonder Twin Powers: Nishin Fūraiken is exclusive to identical twins
Voiced by: Keiko Toda
A prisoner of Cassandra. She succeeded her father as the user of Ranzan Kurenai Ken style of fighting. She and her mother were rounded up and imprisoned in Cassandra, later she was deployed by the warden to fight Kenshiro, banking on Ken's inability to hit women to allow her to succeed.
- Action Girl: Successor to her own martial art, she was one of the series's few female fighters.
- Adaptation-Induced Plot Hole: A confusing addition to the anime on account of another anime addition. She was sent after Kenshiro because Ken doesn't hit women, except he'd previously fought and killed the another anime only villainess, Patra. Even if Uighur didn't know this, there was very little to indicate Kenshiro Wouldn't Hit a Girl with how few female opponents he'd had.
- Anti-Villain: Her mother was taken prisoner by Uighur and she's forced to fight Kenshiro. She doesn't want to fight him and isn't particularly malicious on her own, but she has to save her mother.
- Filler Villain: Like Joker and Balcom, she's an anime only obstacle for Kenshiro.
Voiced by: Masaki Terasoma (Legends of the True Savior)
One of Raoh's former generals, Balga lost his motivation to fight following his defeat. As his personality becomes softer, the devious Kouketsu takes advantage of this and enslaves Balga and his villagers. In order to work hard to ensure his son Shingo and the other villagers' children are unharmed, Balga plows Kouketsu's fields, despite the unlikelihood of anything growing there. When Kenshiro arrives with Raoh's son Ryu, they defeat Kouketsu and his men, liberating Balga and his people, and reclaiming Balga's honor. After Baran, the "Emperor of Light", is defeated, Kenshiro leaves Ryu in Balga and Shingo's care.
- Adaptation Expansion: In the original manga, an unnamed soldier shot Raoh in the leg with an arrow to stop him from killing Yuria to achieve Musou Tensei; Legend of Raoh: Chapter of Fierce Fighting establishes it is Balga. Furthermore, an additional scene in the movie regarding Raoh killing his generals to prevent them from seizing power after his death includes Balga locking them in the throne room with the tyrant, implying he knew about Raoh's agenda all along.
- Anti-Villain: Legends of the True Savior paints Balga squarely as this; not only does he know of Raoh's true intentions regarding the rest of the generals, but he weeps for him, knowing full well he will lose to Kenshiro in their final duel.
- Nice Guy
- Number Two: Raoh's most trusted general in Legends of the True Savior and the only one spared when Raoh decides to kill the rest of them.
- Reasonable Authority Figure
Voiced by (Japanese): Mie Suzuki (Child)/Keiichi Nanba (Adult) (TV anime, JP), Daisuke Namikawa (Legends of the True Savior), Umeka Shōji (Child)/Daisuke Kishio (Adult) (Ken's Rage), Shunzo Miyasaka (Hokuto ga Gotoku)
Voiced by (English): Gary Dubin (TV anime), Caleb Pearson (TV anime, recut dub), Tony Oliver (The Movie), Debi Derryberry (Ken's Rage), Bryan Beacock (Lost Paradise)
A young boy who decides to leave his home village to fend for himself, Bat was imprisoned in Rin's village for attempting to steal food. While locked in the same cell, he comes across the 64th successor of Hokuto Shinken Kenshiro, who breaks out to fight Zeed. After witnessing his skills, Bat follows Kenshiro as his self-appointed sidekick, hoping to use Kenshiro as a tool for his own self-benefit, but after the death of his adoptive mother Toyo back in his village, Bat slowly matures, upon witnessing the hardships of Kenshiro and his new friends and rivals. Following the Time Skip, Bat has grown Older and Wiser and is co-leader of the new "Hokuto Army" with Rin, a resistance group aimed at bringing down the tyrannical reign of the Celestial Emperor. Although Bat is not a true martial artist, he has rudimentary skills, alongside a limited knowledge of Hokuto Shinken from his travels with Kenshiro.
In the final arc of the series, Bat forgoes his love for Rin so she can be with Kenshiro. To that end, he presses Rin's pressure points to induce Identity Amnesia, including reuniting her with a similarly amnesiac Kenshiro. Fate would force him to pose as the Hokuto Shinken successor in order to fight Bolge, a blind thug with a dangerous vendetta for Kenshiro. Unfortunately, Bat is captured, tortured and multilated by Bolge, doing his best to leave an impersonation of Kenshiro, hoping that if he dies, Bolge will stay away from his friend for good. However, the amnesiac Kenshiro arrives to save him, until Bat's screams trigger the martial artist's memories, who is so moved by his sacrifice for him that Kenshiro defeats Bolge easily. Unfortunately, Bat is mortally wounded, yet urges Rin, who too has regained her memories from Bat's heroics, to stay with Kenshiro. Rin decides to stay behind and guard Bat's tomb, only to discover that Kenshiro managed to save Bat's life by manipulating his pressure points. The story of Fist of the North Star ends with Rin tearfully embracing a rejuvenated, yet still unconscious Bat.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: A strange case. His hair is light brown or auburn, but was depicted as white in the full color Master Release edition of the manga.
- Bodyguard Crush: During Kenshiro's absence, he vows to protect Rin for him, only to end up developing feelings for her.
- Bratty Half-Pint: Pre-Time Skip.
- Character Development: Bat is first shown in a jail cell with Kenshiro speaking rather fondly of the Might Makes Right rules of engagement of the Century's End. He casually tries to strike a Social Darwinist partnership with Ken, which naturally gets him a cold shoulder from Ken. Tagging along, Ken's actions, from his bully hunting interventions to his turning down tribute and compensation, from his cold blooded beat downs, to the utter respect he shows his fallen foes perplex Bat, but soon get him shouting "Hokuto Shinken is Invincible!" the more he and Rin travel with Ken. Once the Time Skip comes around, he's leading an army of guerrillas, sporting scars from the multitude of times he saved Rin's life. Even Kenshiro remarks on his maturation.
- Did Not Get the Girl: Subverted. He attempted to get Kenshiro and Rin (both being amnesiacs at that time) together, disregarding his feelings for the latter, but it fails when their memories are revived and Rin decides to stay with him instead of Kenshiro.
- Disney Death: Bat was put through utter hell by Bolge and despite being the one to finally finish him, he seems to have died from his injuries. Kenshiro had somehow pressed his pressure points to regenerate from those wounds.
- Emotional Bruiser: Post-Time Skip.
- Everyone Can See It: More specifically in Ken's Rage 2. Most people, including Mamiya, Toyo, Juza, Rihaku, Jask, and even Kenshiro, seem to notice or point out his feelings towards Rin.
- Future Badass: Goes from being a Tag Along Kid with Rin to a leader of the Hokuto Army, who's very handy with a crossbow and actually knows a few Hokuto Shinken techniques.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Bat refuses to marry Rin, who falls in love with the first person she sees, as a result of Kaioh triggering one of the pressure points before his duel with Kenshiro. He wipes her memory and attempts to pair her off with Kenshiro, since Bat is aware she's been nursing a crush on him for years.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Whenever he isn't being a cocky little brat he does show his soft side more than once.
- Joke Character: Hilariously done when going up against one of Amiba's Mooks in the anime. He punches a soldier squaring in the face, tricking the goon into thinking he has fallen victim to a Hokuto Shinken technique. Bat deliberately invokes Kenshiro's Catchphrase and mannerisms. It worked: the frightened soldier froze in fear, leaving Bat to run off and leave the humiliated man be.
- Large Ham: Is a bit of a showoff at times.
- Last Minute Hookup: Implied with Rin since Kenshiro prevents him from dying permanently, though it wasn't shown when he finally woke up.
- Meaningful Name: Named after the flying rodent of the same name, according to an interview with Buronson on the Japanese Legend of Raoh DVD.
- Satisfied Street Rat: Though he goes straight LONG before he grew up, he still shows some shades of this from time to time.
- Senseless Sacrifice: Bat believes Kenshiro arriving to help him when Bolge is torturing him is this. Even when hit with amnesia, Kenshiro isn't going to allow that to happen.
- Ship Tease: With Rin. While it might be debatable in the first series, it's definitely romantic in the latter part of the manga.
- Spell My Name with an "S": In the Manga Entertainment dub, his name was changed from "Bat" to "Bart", likely a reference to another kid trickster.
- Tender Tears: An adoptive big brother like Ken tends to even make the snarkiest Jerkass kid grow up to be just as sensitive and kind-hearted as a man. Exemplified in the Celestial Emperor arc, when he cries for Ein's Heroic Sacrifice.
- Took a Level in Badass:Took one post-Time Skip, having grown up and become the leader of the Hokuto Army. Lampshaded by Kenshiro, which moves Bat into complete tears."Bat, you've become a man!"
Voiced by (Japanese): Tomiko Suzuki (Child)/Mina Tominaga (Adult) (TV anime), Maaya Sakamoto (Legend of the True Savior), Kanae Ito (Ken's Rage), Rie Kugimiya (Hokuto ga Gotoku),
Voiced by (English): Sandy Fox (TV anime), Marieve Herrington (TV anime, recut dub), Holly Sidell (The Movie), Stephanie Sheh (Ken's Rage), Xanthe Huynh (Lost Paradise)
A young mute girl who was traumatized after witnessing the death of her family at the hands of bandits, Rin befriends Kenshiro when he wanders into her village and captured for being suspicious. Offering him water, he helps restore her voice by using one of her pressure points. Upon being rescued from Zeed, Rin begins to follow him through the wasteland and becomes one of his loyal traveling companions. Years after Raoh's defeat, she forms and co-leads the Hokuto Army with Bat as they fight off the corrupt army of the Celestial Emperor.
Rin is actually the younger twin sister of Lui, the Celestial Empress. After they were born, Falco of Gento Kōken was ordered by Viceroy Jakoh to get rid of one of the twins, as two successors to the throne was unallowed. However, Falco could not bring himself to kill a baby, thus left her in secret care by his aunt and uncle. After Lui was rescued by Kenshiro and his companions from Jakoh, his son Jask kidnaps Rin and takes her to the Land of Shura to exact revenge, only for Rin to be tossed around by the warrior Shachi to goad Kenshiro into fighting Kaioh and his Hokuto Ryūken brothers. Before the final battle between Kaioh and Kenshiro, Kaioh presses Lin's pressure point that blinds her and erases her memories: the moment she opens her eyes, she will fall in love with the first person she sees. Bat, who has arrived in the Land of Shura to help, insists that Rin be the one to see Kenshiro, but the successor of Hokuto Shinken believes Rin is destined to be with Bat. However, Bat would force Rin back into amnesia so she can reunite with Kenshiro. The final arc in the series is resolved when Rin regains her memories and chooses to be with Bat.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: From black to red in the anime, then pink in the movie. The Ken's Rage 2 game has her hair as brown as a child and red as an adult.
- Adaptational Badass: In Ken's Rage 2, like Mamiya before her, she can use a crossbow. She can also pick up a makeshift mallet, something Mamiya cannot do in the first game.
- Belated Love Epiphany: Subverted. After Bat dies, Rin realizes her feelings towards him and goes to his side to stay and cry beside his body... Only to find out that he's alive due to Kenshiro manipulating his pressure points.
- Combat Stilettos: Post-Time Skip, when leading the Hokuto Army alongside Bat.
- Contemplate Our Navels: Occasionally makes some poetic observations about the destruction and atrocity the party bears witness to. Bat gets a little creeped out by it.
- Break the Cutie: Pretty much her witnessing her family die in a nutshell.
- Cross-Dressing Voice: Shouta Aoi voices her in Ichigo Aji.
- Cute Mute: Until Kenshiro restores her voice.
- Dumb Struck: As a result of seeing her family murdered right in front of her.
- Faux Action Girl: As an adult; Ken's Rage 2 averts this, having her become as armed as Mamiya.
- Kawaiiko: Pre-Time Skip.
- Kid Sidekick
- Last Minute Hookup: Implied with Bat in the manga and Ken's Rage 2.
- The Load: She doesn't quite get that Kenshiro's a fighter and that she simply isn't. Accordingly, her attempts to join him in peril force him to rescue her and cause more problems than they solve.
- Male Gaze: Ken's Rage 2 has the camera in her battle introductory cutscene doing close-ups of her right thigh and her chest for brief seconds.
- Nice Girl: In contrast to Bat being the Bratty Half-Pint.
- Plucky Girl: Was at one point defiantly prepared to endure an elaborate torture by Ken-Oh's army once they had invaded Mamiya's oasis.
- Silk Hiding Steel: even if she's capture prone and not much of a fighter, Rin does showcase the kind of resolve and fearlessness both Yuria and Mamiya are known for during the Land of Shura arc. Likely stems from her unwavering faith in Kenshiro.
- Precocious Crush: One-sided, as Ken only sees her as a surrogate younger sister, and devotes himself to Yuria. Bat, on the other hand, doesn't believe it's this trope and the final arc of the series is dedicated to resolving this issue. She eventually gets over him though.
- Rescue Romance: She fell for Kenshiro the first time he saved her from Zeed's gang.
- Last chapter of the manga strongly implied that this was how she fell for Bat.
- Tender Tears
- Token Mini-Moe: During Pre-Time Skip.
Voiced by (Japanese): Yuriko Yamamoto (TV anime and movie), Yuriko Ishida (Legends of the True Savior), Midori Matsuo (Twin Blue Stars Of Judgment), Houko Kuwashima (Ken's Rage), Aya Hisakawa (Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise)
Voiced by (English): Mary Elizabeth McGlynn (TV anime), Alison Lees-Taylor (TV anime, recut dub), Melodee Spivak (The Movie), Stephanie Sheh (Ken's Rage), Sarah Williams (Lost Paradise)
Kenshiro's fiancée, Yuria grew up alongside him and his adoptive brothers at Ryuken's temple, admired by many other men, particularly Raoh, Toki, Shin and Juza. When Kenshiro was defeated by Shin, Yuria agrees to go with Shin so long as Kenshiro's life is spared. Kept against her will in Shin's stronghold of Southern Cross, Yuria becomes unable to tolerate the atrocities Shin was committing in her name, thus threw herself off the top of his fortress to her death.
However, her suicide attempt was prevented by the Nanto Goshasei, her sworn protectors who reveal that Yuria is a direct descendant of the Nanto bloodline, and represents the "Star of the Compassionate Mother", destined to become the Last General of Nanto. When Raoh resumes his conquest following the death of Thouzer, Yuria orders the Nanto Goshasei to stop his advance. Upon learning from Fudoh of the Mountain that Yuria is alive, Kenshiro rushes to her location, but Raoh gets to her first, taking her with him. When the tyrant is determined to defeat Kenshiro, he demands Yuria's life in order to learn the ultimate Hokuto Shinken technique Musou Tensei and Yuria complies. However, upon seeing that Yuria is dying from radiation poisoning, he manipulates one of her pressure points and extends her lifespan. After Raoh is defeated, she spends the last remainders of her life in peace of Kenshiro, secluding themselves from the rest of the world.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: From black in the manga to red (or violet during the Southern Cross arc) in the Toei anime.
- Damsel in Distress
- Driven to Suicide: In an attempt to stop Shin's madness. We find out she was saved at the last moment.
- Dude Magnet: There's no indication that Yuria was the World's Most Beautiful Woman, and she really didn't do anything, yet men really, really want her, like moths to a flame. Justified because of the fate to which she corresponds to - compassion and grace.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: See Spared By Adaptation below; Yuria lives happily ever after with Kenshiro after Raoh's death in Ken's Rage. Too bad the sequel corrects this by killing her off to follow the source material.
- Emotionless Girl: Before coming to Ryuken's temple, a young Yuria didn't emote, who had sealed away her emotions after birth, until she met the caring, kind and selfless Kenshiro
- Expy: Of the Buddhist female figure Guanyin (known as Kannon in Shinto Buddhism in Japan), whose principles are compassion, love, mercy and kindness.
- The Heart: She's the only member of the Nanto Roku Seiken who does not possess any martial arts, but her compassion and kindness can move the hearts of even the most merciless of tyrants.
- Leitmotif: "Yuria Eien Ni"
- Posthumous Character: Post-Southern Cross arc; even in death, she is fondly remembered by many individuals of her beauty and personality. Doubly Subverted when she never died, until the Time Skip.
- Save the Princess: Kenshiro's objective in the first arc is to save her from his old rival Shin; she ended up killing herself. Later, Yuria gets taken by Raoh to lure Kenshiro for their final battle.
- Secretly Dying: It's revealed late in the series that she's gotten radiation poisoning from the nuclear fallout. While it's not as bad as Toki's, it does being to cripple her as the first series draws to a close.
- Silk Hiding Steel: Such is the unconditional love and compassion of Yuria, the fiancée of Kenshiro, that even the tyrant Raoh, whose fists could shatter Heaven and Earth, is utterly helpless before her redemptive kindness.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: For all the violent and cruel warlords wanting her as their consort, Yuria loves Kenshiro for his kind and caring nature.
- Spared by the Adaptation: In Ken's Rage, Raoh's reason to achieve Musou Tensei is changed, consequently changing Yuria's fate (he simply lays his hand against her, rather than feel sorrowful over her radiation poisoning and impending death). Before his Famous Last Words, he states Yuria will live for several more years (originally, she lived roughly a year post-Raoh's death). In fact, the game makes no mention of any radiation poisoning. Sadly rectified in the sequel, as the game follows the manga to the final arc, thus Yuria living through it would force the plot to be changed drastically.
- Too Good for This Sinful Earth
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Lavender/purple in the anime. Interestingly, it was a natural shade of red in the flashback where Shin kidnapped her. No explanation for her change in hair color is given. It turns gold during the Last General of Nanto arc, with no explanation again. Ken's Rage, however, stays a dark purple at all times.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Her outfit after she's revealed to be the Last General of Nanto.
Voiced by (Japanese): Reiko Suzuki (TV anime), Seiko Fujiki (Legends of the True Savior)
Voiced by (English): Catherine Battistone (TV anime)
A kind-hearted philanthropist, Toyo is an old lady who takes it upon herself to become a mother for orphans who lost their parents to death or abandonment in the nuclear wasteland. Raising them in the saftety and prosperity of an oasis, she took in a foul-mouthed, but tender-hearted pickpocket named Bat as her own son, until he left to give his younger siblings more food to eat. The well in her garden is a magnet for marauders, barely kept at bay by her possession of one of the few remaining rifles in the world. Her cold-blooded murder at the hands of Jackal sent Kenshiro on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge.
- Adaptation Name Change: She makes an appearance in the first Legend of Raoh movie under the name of Martha.
- Friend to All Children
- Go Out with a Smile: As Bat calls her "Mommy" for the first time and last time.
- Heroic Sacrifice: When Jackal's men arm two kids with sticks of dynamite and send them into a panic, Ken can only get to one. Toyo manages to chase the other down, and throw the stick just far enough for the blast to only kill her while she protects the child.
- Mama Bear
- Never Mess with Granny: Tragically deconstructed; although she still knows how to use a rifle, she's becomes so frail she can no longer handle it straight.
- Shipper on Deck: Seems to be this for Bat/Rin in Legend of Raoh and Ken's Rage 2.
- Spared by the Adaptation: She survives the events of the first Legend of Raoh movie and manages to bid farewell to Bat under good terms.
- Too Good for This Sinful Earth
Voiced by (Japanese): Toshiko Fujita (TV anime, Twin Blue Stars Of Judgment), Naomi Shindo (Ken's Rage)
Voiced by (English): Mary Elizabeth McGlynn (TV anime), Chase Masterson (TV anime, recut dub), Laura Bailey (Ken's Rage)
A female resistance leader whose village is being assaulted by the Fang Clan, Mamiya has limited skills in martial arts, and makes use of weapons like a pair of bladed yo-yos, combat needles and a crossbow. She bears a passing resemblance to Kenshiro's fiancée, Yuria. After her younger brother Kou is murdered by the savages, she recruits Kenshiro and the vagabond Rei to guard the village, but they instead wipe out the Fang Clan, after Rei discovers they are holding his younger sister Airi hostage. She accompanies Kenshiro and Rei for several arcs of the story.
Like Yuria, Mamiya gains a growing concern for the brooding Kenshiro, though he waves off attempts of affection from her; instead, Rei slowly develops feelings for her. Unfortunately, because of her past shame, she cannot express her love to him in return, thus Rei uses his final days of life to challenge and defeat his old rival Juda, the one who gave Mamiya her psychological scars. Moved by his sacrifice on her behalf, Mamiya re-embraces womanhood, renouncing her life as a warrior.
- Adaptational Badass: Exaggerated example. While she was definitely the postergirl for Badass Normal in the original series, Twin Blue Stars of Judgement and Ken's Rage boosted her fighting far beyond most of the mutated martial artists. In the former, she is comparable to the Nanto Rokusei Ken and even the Hokuto Shinken martial artists in overall ability (even being fastest character in the game's roster along with Souther). The Ken's Rage games, she starts off much weaker but even without any upgrades, she already starts off as a onemanarmy capable of massacring hundreds of mooks onscreen. Given the right upgrades, she can eventually be on the same league as the other featured martial artists and is even considered to be the better matchup against specific characters than the Nanto and Hokuto fighters. One point as an example, she is considered the Raoh's WORST MATCH UP of all things!
- Adaptational Wimp: Though her manga counterpart was always a second-stringer to the kung-fu supermen, anime!Mamiya got captured a lot, particularly in filler.
- Although she did bust a lot more heads during fight scene padding, of which the anime contained a lot of.
- Action Girl: Though prone to getting captured, especially in the anime adaptation, Mamiya is still one of the more heroic, competent women in 1980s Shōnen.
- Badass Normal: Even if she wasn't trained in a martial art like Ken or Rei, she's still very capable of taking on the countless bandits wandering the post-apocalyptic wastelands.
- Biker Babe: Is often seen riding a motorcycle in all continuities
- Boss Subtitles: "Ascetic Woman Warrior - Mamiya"
- Bound and Gagged: She's captured and tied up pretty frequently, and gets gagged by the Fang clan.
- The Bus Came Back: Mamiya reappears sporadically in post-Raoh arcs with Airi and in the final arc of the series, she encounters Kenshiro again to pay respects to Yuria, but also to inform him of Bat's actions regarding Lin.
- Combat Pragmatist: Despite not knowing martial arts, Mamiya gets by via picking her ground, feminine wiles, and the ancient Chinese art of bringing grenades to a fist-fight.
- Combat Stilettos: Wandering the rocky wastelands and scaling cliffs in six-inch high heels, and occasionally stabbing people with them too.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Juda kidnapped her during her birthday celebration, intending to make her his concubine, but not before killing her parents to break the village's leadership. As such, Mamiya has abandoned her femininity.
- Defeat by Modesty: Rei, whose feelings for her were budding, symbolically defeats her by using his Nanto Seiken techniques to tear off her clothes to expose her body and prove that, no matter how much she denies it, she is still a woman, who has no business on the battlefield.
- Dogged Nice Girl:
- Quickly becomes enamored with Kenshiro, however when she hears about Yuria and Kens devotion, Mamiya shuts her feelings to herself and doesnt pursue it further; after the many moments Rei tried to keep Mamiya safe and warn her off the battlefield it seemed she would open her heart to him, then he dies.
- After hearing Toki describe Yuria further, she's rather upset at the idea of even trying to compete with her for Kenshiro's affection.
- Faux Action Girl: Despite having a few decent fight scenes against some mooks, she gets captured and has to be rescued in almost every story arc she appears in in the first series.
- Her Heart Will Go On: After Rei's death.
- Overshadowed by Awesome: Unfortunately for her, she's a Badass Normal in a world where even some mooks are impervious to normal weapons, meaning that she's only able to defeat the nameless cannon fodder.
- Plucky Girl: Neither inexperience in martial arts nor the tragedy that comes with being a village militia leader can stop her when she has a goal in mind.
- Rape as Drama: It's strongly implied that this is what caused her to become so cold-hearted after escaping from Juda's harem. Because of this, she chose to fight rather than be helpless again.
- Shoot the Hostage: If she's the subject of a Hostage Situation and knows she's being used as a bargaining chip, Mamiya would rather diffuse the situation by trying to get herself killed. One such mook witholding information about the Cassandra Prison quickly loses his cool once Mamiya dares him to slit her throat before Ken and Rei.
- Stripperiffic: Downplayed. Mamiya dresses in mostly realistic combat clothes, with only her slit sleeves and high heels being impractically sexy. Rei lampshades the trope before he gives her a Stay in the Kitchen speech.
- Team Mom: If Ken and Rei are the fists of the team, she is easily the heart.
- Tsundere: One of the earliest prototypes in Shōnen - She's more "tsun" around Rei, while more "dere" towards Ken.
- Weapon of Choice: Apart from her bladed yoyos, she also uses combat needles (gabishi) and a crossbow.
- Will Not Be a Victim: Decided to cast away her femininity and take up arms as the head of her village.
- Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Once pretends to be injured, only to spring up behind a guy and stab him with metal spikes. This was turned into her first Legendary Technique in Ken's Rage.
- Zettai Ryouiki: One of her outfits in the manga consists of a miniskirt and thigh-high boots with heels.
Voiced by (Japanese): Arisa Andō (TV anime), Umeka Shōji (Ken's Rage)
Voiced by (English): Dorothy Fahn
Rei's younger sister, Airi was kidnapped by Jagi on the day of her wedding, then sold into slavery. Such was Airi's suffering that she blinded herself in despair by using poison. When the Fang Clan began terrorizing Mamiya's village, the members got hold of her after they killed her previous captor, hoping to use as leverage against Rei. She was rescued by Rei and Kenshiro, the latter of whom restored her sight with his skills in Hokuto Shinken. Airi remains in Mamiya's village and gains the courage to stand up and defend herself with the help of Rin when the army of Ken-Oh army invades the village.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: From blond in the original manga to pink in the TV series to blue in the movie. Ken's Rage brings it back to the appropriate blond.
- Bound and Gagged: The Fang clan do this to her to stop her from killing herself.
- Forced to Watch: She and Mamiya are tied up and made to watch Kenshiro and Rei's duel.
- Interrupted Suicide: See above. Airi tries to kill herself by chewing through her tongue rather than watch Kenshiro and Rei fight.
- Rape as Drama: Though they could not openly say it on network TV (or the manga back in the 1980s, for that matter), it's implied this is what drove Airi to blind herself out of despair as a slave.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Is it "Airi" or "Aili" or "Ailee" or "Iris"?
- Will Not Be a Victim: When a Ken-Oh battalion ravage Mamiya's village, Airi is hidden by Rin who was willing to kill herself just to keep Airi safe. When Rei arrives and starts beating them back, they realize that by getting to Airi they can make Rei stand down. One man charges her, and she unveils a crossbow she'd grabbed earlier and kills the man, making a speech that helps inspire the defeated villagers into retaliating against the invaders. She goes on to kill a few other soldiers during the fight.
Voiced by: Junji Chiba (adult)/Koji Totani (young) (TV anime), Chikao Ohtsuka (Legend of the True Savior), Hideyuki Tanaka (Ken's Rage)
The 63rd successor of Hokuto Shinken and the adoptive father and master who trained Kenshiro, Jagi, Toki, and Raoh, Ryuken eventually chose the youngest of his adopted sons as his successor, prompting Raoh to challenge his decision by refusing to surrender the art. He almost defeated Raoh, but suffered a stroke before delivering the finishing blow, giving Raoh the perfect opportunity to kill his master. Whenever Kenshiro or one of his brothers faces an ordeal, they reflect back on Ryuken's teachings.
- Bald of Awesome: As an elderly Ryuken
- Batman Gambit: The All About The Man guidebook reveals he knew Jagi was a scumbag and kept him around just so his successor would have someone evil to overcome.
- Jagi's Belated Backstory in Flower of Carnage puts some doubts on this, for the most part. However, when you consider what kind of person Jagi is, Ryuken may not have been entirely wrong.
- Bratty Half-Pint: All the way back during World War II Shanghai in Fist of the Blue Sky.
- Doppelgänger Spin: Uses one against Raoh, one that travels in a North Dipper-shaped path, no less
- Family-Unfriendly Aesop: Plainly states to Kenshiro that his acts of kindness and compassion to one such as Jagi will bring him much misery and hardship.
- Horrible Judge of Character: Subverted; Jagi believes Ryuken is this, but he never intended Jagi to be successor in the first place. Instead, he wanted Jagi to be a pawn to train the real successor. Like Batman Gambit, Flower of Carnage shows this to be for more sympathetic reasons.
- Jerkass: For the sake of producing a successor, Ryuken was willing to throw would-be disciples (who were still children) down canyons to test their strength and expel those too weak (like Kim) to advance onto higher levels of training to fend for themselves. For a great warrior of Hokuto Shinken, Ryuken is truly lousy father material. Flower of Carnage, meanwhile, paints a more flattering view of his personality.
- Meaningful Rename: His real name is "Ramon Kasumi" in Fist of the Blue Sky. When he became the 63rd Hokuto Shinken successor, he changed his name to "Ryuken".
- Old Master: He is the one who taught Kenshiro, Jagi, Toki, and Raoh the art of Hokuto Shinken. When Raoh, who up to this point had been shown as insanely powerful, challenged him to a fight, Ryuken easily beat him into a bloody mess. Sadly, it seems that Worf Had the Flu.
- Posthumous Character
- Succession Crisis: With his older students turning to evil or falling to illness, Ryuken ultimately put faith in the younger, yet more naive Kenshiro.
- Worf Had the Flu: Had it not been for his stroke, he would have permanently incapacitated Raoh.
- In the movie, it's inferred that Raoh actually did manage to overpower him.
Voiced by: Mika Doi (TV anime)
Rihaku's daughter and an attendant to the Last General of Nanto, Toh partcipated with the Nanto Goshasei and their war against Raoh. Because of her secret confliction of love for their arch-enemy, Toh attempts to dissuade the tyrant from taking Yuria and offers herself to him. When he rejects her, Toh commits suicide in front of him, hoping her death will be imbedded in Raoh's heart.
- All Love Is Unrequited: At the very least, her final gesture towards Raoh manages to make him lose his cool by quite a bit when he realizes his feelings towards Yuria, much like Toh's towards Raoh, will remain unreciprocated.
- Body Double: Poses as the Last General of Nanto in order to trick Raoh.
- The Chick: Amongst the Nanto Goshasei, she's the non-combative, peaceful and kind member, as well as the only woman.
- Disposable Woman: While previously named female characters in Fist of the North Star were hardly "disposable", Toh practically wins this title.
- Driven to Suicide: Kills herself in front of Raoh so that he will never forget her. He was unimpressed.
- Love Martyr: Harbored unrequited feelings for Raoh, and took her own life so that Raoh would remember her. He sneers that she would have been better off trying to kill him to prevent anyone else from having him.
Voiced by: Eiji Kanie (TV anime), Hidekatsu Shibata (The Movie), Nobuaki Kanemitsu (Legends of the Dark King), Shunzo Miyasaka (Ken's Rage)
Voiced by: Joe Romersa (TV anime), Michael Forest (The Movie) Richard Epcar (Ken's Rage)
A giant mohawked ruffian with the characters "Z-666" tattooed on his head, Zeed is the leader of the "Z-Gang", a biker gang that has raided numerous villages and delivery crew for their food and water supply. A man who does not know the meaning of mercy, Zeed and his gang are notorious for killing even women and children. As the main villain of the manga's first chapter, Zeed falls prey to Kenshiro's Hokuto Hyakuretsu Ken technique.
- Adaptational Name Change: In the English Dub of the 1986 animated film, he's called 'Xander'. Meanwhile, the dub calls him 'Zeedo' despite getting nearly everyones names correct.
- The Bully: He frequently makes threats during his attack on Rins village, and has he been allowed some time, likely would have made good upon them.
- Boss Subtitles: "Predator of the Weak - Zeed"
- Carry a Big Stick: Dual Wields two spiked maces in Ken's Rage.
- A Father to His Men: His character profile in Ken's Rage states that he shows great compassion for his underlings, despite his callous treatment of the people.
- Zeed isn't nearly as dismissive as the rest of Fist of the North Star's minor bandit villains, who treat their mooks as little more than time buying meat shields at best. As soon as he recognizes the signature explosions killing his men right in front of him during his raid on Rin's village, he angrily tries to make good on his threat.
- Large and in Charge: At 9 feet tall, he towers over the 6 foot tall Kenshiro... for all the good it did him.
- Giant Mook: Introduces the weapon-wielding mini-bosses in Ken's Rage.
- Hostage Situation: With Rin as the hostage. Ken still beats him easily.
- Tattooed Crook: His notable "Z-666" tattoo on his forehead.
- Villain Team-Up: Allied with Boss Fang in the Dream Mode of Ken's Rage.
- Warm-Up Boss: Whose spectacular death sets these ground rules for the audience in Fist of the North Star - 1) Size means squat in this world and 2) if you have a mohawk, expect to die by exploding internally.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Gets the least amount of screentime of all of the villains, but this doesnt stop him from showing how cruel the villains are in this series.
- Would Hit a Girl/Would Hurt a Child: Kenshiro was exhausted and dehydrated to the point of death when he was trapped in that cell with Bat... and then hearing that Zeed is infamous for the above two tropes gave him the Heroic Second Wind to LITERALLY tear the bars off his prison to kill him and his men.
- Your Head Asplode: The first villains to do so, among many, many others.
- Your Size May Vary: Whatever the incarnation, Zeed always has a tendency to suddenly grow twenty feet tall.
Voiced by: Kōji Yada
The founder and leader of the "Golan Organization" ("God's Army" in the anime), a military gang composed of religious zealots. The Colonel is a veteran warrior gifted with extra-sensory perception and a master of the deadly Nanto Seiken art of Nanto Muonken ("South Dipper Silent Fist), which uses claws and boomerangs. He was formerly a patriotic member of the elite Red Beret special forces, until he lost his faith in his country when he was summoned to a meeting with the corrupt politicians and businessmen who actually controlled his nation. After his superiors inadvertently caused the nuclear holocaust, the Colonel and his Red Beret soldiers survived, eventually founding the city of "Godland", attributing their survival as divine destiny. His army kidnaps young women in order to use them as breeding stock for his soldiers.
- Adaptational Villainy: He's a pretty nasty piece of work in both the manga and the anime, but the anime removes his Freudian Excuse and his Even Evil Has Standards moment. His delusional fanaticism is played up and he's made into Shin's minion (where his God is revealed to just be Shin himself).
- Awesomeness by Analysis: He can read his enemy's eyes and muscles and know exactly how they're going to move, to the point where he can even land blows on Kenshiro before the latter wises up to his style. He's so good at this that he's got a reputation for being psychic.
- Colonel Kilgore: He's the leader and most powerful member of Godland, having copied the martial art styles of many different schools. He relishes combat, and the pre-requisite to join his army is to kill on command, be it an enemy, a civilian, your fellow comrade, or even your own brother.
- Demoted to Extra: In the anime, the Colonel went from being the feared leader of his own organization to a deluded lackey of Shin who worships him as a god. In fact, the Colonel has it worse in the movie, where he is simply an informant who is killed by Shin without putting much of a fight.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Manga only. He formerly served one of the militaries whose actions made the world the ruin it is today. He views them as a bunch of despicable, decadent fools whose stupidity ended the world.
- Expy: Heidern and Rolento took notes from him.
- Fallen Hero: He was once the member of an elite war-unit. Now hes a military cultist.
- Freudian Excuse Is No Excuse: Ken tells him with these words: "You have only exchanged one mistake for another".
- My Country, Right or Wrong: Was this in the manga, until the day he was summoned to his general's mansion, where he found the general and a group of politicians and businessmen involved in a drunken party with prostitutes. The bigwigs proceeded to humiliate the Colonel by having two scantily-clad prostitutes dump drinks on his head and laughing at him, with the general taunting the Colonel about his Red Beret soldiers being "paper tigers" while drunkenly blurting out his intention to start the nuclear war. When re-telling this to Kenshiro, the Colonel sums up his emotions by saying, "We gave our lives in loyalty to those rotten pigs!"
- Psychic Powers: Subverted. He has a reputation for this, but actually he just reads his opponent's eyes and muscles.
- Rummage Sale Reject: Averted; the Colonel and his men hold the distinct honor of being the only characters in the entire franchise (excluding Fist of the Blue Sky) to wear a complete, recognizable modern set of clothing that is not dishevelled, torn, missing sleeves and/or liberally mixed with Arabic/Medieval/Viking elements. Understandable, since they were a military unit prior to the war, and have maintained their cohesion and discipline ever since.
- Social Darwinist: Believes men who are unfit to join his army must be eliminated.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: His reason for founding Godland was to prevent another nuclear holocaust from happening. Kenshiro's retort upon hearing this reason is "You have only exchanged one mistake for another."
Voiced by (Japanese): Masayuki Katō (TV anime, JP), Hiroshi Ohtake (movie)
Voiced by (English): Tom Wyner (TV anime), Carl Macek (The Movie)
A ruthless biker who roams the deserted wasteland with his gang in search of a new hideout, Jackal possess no real martial art skills, but fights using concealed blades and dynamites, and is a bit more cunning than the average thug. He incurs Kenshiro's wrath after killing Bat's adoptive mother, Toyo. Although he manages to elude him for awhile, Kenshiro catches up to him at Villainy Prison. He eventually tricks the "Devil's Rebirth" into fighting Kenshiro by claiming they're long-lost brothers, but this proves to be Jackal's ultimate undoing.
- Animal Theme Naming: The members of his gang (including himself) are all named after animals, although only two of his lackeys are named in the manga (Fox and Hawk).
- Bad Boss: Gleefully betrays his employees so long as it can be profitable to his wealth or health.
- Badass Normal: Jackal isn't a martial artist, but is a cut above most gang bosses due to his surprising cunning, his arsenal of weapons, and fighting like a complete cad.
- Badass Longcoat: In most of his appearances he wears a nice coat.
- Blade Below the Shoulder: Two wristblades hidden in his gauntlets.
- Combat Pragmatist: His weapons include wristblades included in his gauntlets and dynamite sticks. That's part of how he managed to survive Kenshiro much longer than any other gang leader in the series.
- Consummate Liar: Ken may think he's a scumbag, but he does compliment him on his ability to tell a convincing lie. He manages to avoid all the trappings of Saying Too Much when manipulating Devil's Rebirth.
- Dirty Coward: He may as well be the living incarnation of this trope. He explicitly makes a point of only picking on the weak, backstabs his men to stall for time, fights with hidden weaponry and explosives, and will invariably lie and beg to save his own life when cornered.
- Demoted to Extra: Despite his role as a central villain in an entire story arc of the manga, Jackal appears in the movie as an unfortunate lackey of Jagi, whose head gets blown up by him just for taking a peek at his unmasked face. Even in the anime, he's nothing more than an underling for Shin, whose ass gets saved by Joker on one ocassion.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Jackal meets his end by not only being blown up with his own dynamite, but by being blown up while held in place by the Devil's Rebirth, whom he tricked into believing that Jackal was his older brother, as the giant desperately begged his "brother" for help.
- Throw Down the Bomblet: Jackal's primary weapons are dozens of dynamite sticks.
Voiced by: Eiji Kanie (TV anime)
A giant killer who earned his nickname due to his monstrous appearance, the Devil's Rebirth is a practitioner of the Rakan Niō Ken ("Arhat Deva Fist") style, which specializes in controlling wind. He was sentenced to 200 years of solitary confinement in Villainy Prison after killing over 700 people with his monstrous strength.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Boy, is he big.
- Blow You Away: Kongou Fuusatsu Ken technique, which allows him to create a hurricane force gust of wind.
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Practically an innocent, easily-manipulated toddler in the body of an adult when it comes to his beloved mother.
- Impossibly Graceful Giant: Kaiju version. He's a fifty-foot-tall martial artist who is capable of surprisingly agile jumps.
- Made of Iron: Whoo, boy. He was originally sentenced to execution 13 times for his massacre. He survived all 13 attempts, which is why he got sent to 200 years in solitary confinement.
- Monstrosity Equals Weakness: "Weak" is an exaggeration, but being literally the size of a 10-story building is STILL not enough to survive Kenshiro's wrath.
- Psychopathic Man Child: His whole reason for fighting Ken is because Jackal convinces him that Devil's Rebirth and him are Brothers, and by defeating Ken they can go find their mother together.
- Spell My Name with an "S": In some translations, he's called the Devil's Reverse.
Kiba Daioh is the leader and patriarch of the Kiba Ichizoku ("Fang Clan"), a tribe of mountainous bandits whose members are garbed in wolf furs. Kiba Daioh is a giant man who has mastered the art of Kazan Kakuteigi ("Mt. Hua Horn Wrestling"), an ancient art said to be the root of modern Sumo wrestling. He even has the ability to turn his flesh into steel. When Rei's beloved sister Airi falls into Kiba Daioh's hands, Kenshiro and Rei join forces to rescue her and wipe out the Fang Clan.
- Animal Motifs: His entire clan's thematic motif is wolf-skin clad Mongolian Warriors.
- Boss Subtitles: "Leader of the Fangs - Boss Fang"
- Demoted to Extra: In the movie, Boss Fang is simply another stepping stone for Raoh during his conquest, and his steel body technique is not enough to save him, as Raoh simply shatters his steel skin and turns him into meat slurry.
- Dirty Coward: Willing to sacrifice his own children to save himself.
- Extra-ore-dinary: One of his fighting techniques, Kazan Kougai Kouhou consists of turning his entire body into steel, or simply making it just as invulnerable depending on your translation.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Boss Fang attempts a Wounded Gazelle Gambit on Kenshiro while secretly lighting a stick of dynamite behind his back. Kenshiro, however, anticipated the cowardly act and had used a pressure point beforehand to lock the muscles in his hand then warns him not to try anything stupid. To Boss Fang's horror, after having lit the dynamite, the hand holding it wouldn't open to let go, causing his arm to be blown off.
- I'm a Humanitarian: EATS one of Raoh's soldiers in the movie.
- Made of Iron: Literally with Kazan Kogai Kohou, though it can be dispelled by hitting certain pressure points.
- Moral Myopia: He mourns the deaths of his sons and begins seeking retribution, despite the fact his clan is just as guilty of many atrocities.
- Insane Troll Logic: He decides in order avenge his fallen sons, Kiba Daioh orders the deaths of their recently captured slaves as tribute to them.
- Papa Wolf: Played straight, then subverted with delightful viciousness at the last minuteRandom Son: "I thought you loved us, Papa! We're of the same blood right?"Kiba Daioh: "Oh shut it! As long as I'm alive, I can conceive as many bastards like you as I want! Now stall [Kenshiro and Rei] so I can escape!"
- Villain Team-Up: With Zeed in the Dream Mode of "Ken's Rage''.
Voiced by (Japanese): Takaya Hashi (TV anime), Kazuyuki Okitsu (Legends of the Dark King), Tomokazu Seki (Ken's Rage)
Voiced by (English): Kirk Thornton (TV anime), Steve Staley (Ken's Rage)
Amiba is a Toki impersonator who attempted to tarnish his reputation by taking on his identity (through managing to change his facial appearance and reproduce the same scar on Toki's back) and the "Village of Miracles". A former student of Nanto Seiken, Amiba dropped out from the school and attempted to imitate Toki's use of Hokuto Shinken as a healing art to steal his thunder. After Toki scolds him for misusing Hokuto Shinken on a patient, Amiba joins Ken-oh and his army. With Toki imprisoned in Cassandra, Amiba successfully impersonates the healer, capturing villagers seeking Toki as experiments to test out new pressure points in order to perfect his version of Hokuto Shinken.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: From black in the manga to white in the anime, likely done to avoid the Continuity Snarl of Amiba being able trick Kenshiro when Toki's hair became white after the bombs dropped. His natural hair color, though, is blond in the anime.
- The Shirogane no Seija Spin-Off manga rectified the original's issue by giving Amiba white hair when posing as Toki.
- Adaptation Expansion: The Soukaku no Garou manga extends his backstory, revealing he was a student of Nanto Suichō Ken, which explains how he and Rei know each other.
- Ax-Crazy: Hes clearly nuts, thats for sure.
- Boss Subtitles: "Self-Taught Genius - Amiba"
- Clipped-Wing Angel, Hoist by His Own Petard: Amiba enters a Super Mode by pressing his own pressure points to bulk up, only for his hands to explode and physique to regress back before he even had a chance to attack, leaving him completely defenseless.
- Dirty Coward: Begs for mercy once Kenshiro delivers the coup de grâce.
- Disney Villain Death: After getting pummeled by Kenshiro's Zankai Sekiho Ken attack, Amiba is forced to walk backwards off the top of his tower, then falls crying out to Ken-Oh.
- Disproportionate Retribution: He becomes a sadistic murderer in order to ruin Toki's good name in retaliation for being accidentally slapped in the face.
- Easy Impersonation: Subverted; Amiba manages to disguise himself by literally rearranging his face so that he looks more like Toki and even goes as far as to reproduce the scar on Toki's back. The only real oversight is Kenshiro later reveals that Toki's hair became white due to nuclear fallout, yet he is still tricked by Amiba's black hair in the manga. In the anime, this is rectified by giving Amiba white hair,
- In Ken's Rage, his hair is black, but Rei immediately calls him out (albeit not for this reason).
- Evil Genius: Self-styled.
- Insufferable Genius: Claims he can master any martial art style in the shortest amount of time, and there's a certain amount of truth to that.
- Mad Scientist: Fits the mold even without the look - Amiba taught himself a few Hokuto Shinken essentials, as well as new ground simply via trial and error at the expense of innocent lives.
- Know-Nothing Know-It-All: He's convinced he's learned enough of Hokuto Shinken to be a master of his own variation of the style. As Kenshiro angrily points out, he doesn't have the training to successfully imitate it. See also Clipped-Wing Angel.
- Fatal Flaw: Amiba's undoing is his egotism. He is very smart and very good, and when he teaches his new techniques to trained Hokuto Shinken fighters like Jagi and Raoh, they make good use of them. But, because he neglects the basics, and because his skill plummets when he's emotional, he starts screwing up during his fight with Ken.
- Glory Hound: He has an insistent need to have his ego stroked, and saw the emulation of Toki's medical usage of Hokuto Shinken as the best way to do it. The problems stem from how little he cares about the lives that he has to toy with just to barely scratch the surface of Toki's level of competence. The literal slap in the face he receives from Toki set him on the warpath once he realizes his supposed genius will never be recognized by him.
- Good Eyes, Evil Eyes: His facial structure is exactly like Toki's, except for his eyes.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Word of God states his appearance is modeled after Christopher Lambert in Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes.
- Unstoppable Rage: Averted; Amiba is actually a worse fighter when he's angry, since it makes him more likely to screw up the delicate pressure points systems of Hokuto Shinken.
- Villain Team-Up: With Jagi in Ken's Rage; Shirogane no Seija reveals Jagi was the one who helped Amiba with his impersonation.
- Canine Companion: He follows the trio in their journey and he even helps out Bat, Rei and Mamiya when Rin is lost wandering the desert.
- Canon Foreigner
- Everything's Precious with Puppies
- Kick the Dog: He's given this treatment by one of the God's Army men. Literally.
- Spell My Name with an "S": He's known as Bell in certain translations.
- Timmy in a Well: When Rin gets lost and collapses in the desert, Pel's barking alerts a bunch of traveling merchants, who come and rescue her.
- What Happened To The Dog?: Pel disappears after the Thouzer arc, only to make one last cameo during episode 70 before vanishing from the show for good. No explanation is given for his sudden absence.
- Automatic Crossbows: She's able to fire several bolts from her crossbow without the apparent need to reload.
- Badass Biker
- Biker Babe
- Senseless Sacrifice: In order to avert Shin's artillery from hitting Kenshiro and to allow them a safe passage into Southern Cross, she attempts to be a distraction bait as she rode her motorcycle in an alternative route. However she was hit with a heavy barrage of shells that was difficult to dodge and died in the process. However immediately upon witnessing her death, Kenshiro went into a rage and chased the artillery guns, destroying it alone. So it was a pointless sacrifice in the end.
- This would have qualified as Stupid Sacrifice if it where not for the fact Jennifer was sort of ignorant of who Kenshiro was and did not witness any of his previous superhuman feats. During the filler she was in, most of Kenshiro's superhuman abilities were performed far away where Jennifer was at the time (which was often running away from mooks on her bike or defending her hometown) and those he did perform DID NOT indicate he had the armor of a tiger tank to bear artillery or explosives or of the sorts.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Bears many of Mamiya's personality traits and mind you she appears near the end of the Shin arc just a few episodes before the TV series enters the Fang arc.
Voiced by: Bradford Hill (TV anime, recut dub)
- Heroic Sacrifice: He escaped from Southern Cross to search for Kenshiro but was chased by Shin's troops for miles and received several arrow shots in the back while driving away. By the time he met Kenshiro, he was already limping and at died upon speaking with the Hokuto Shinken successor. His sacrifice was definitely not in vain because while the details he gave was vague, his words gave Kenshiro an idea of where to go to find Southern Cross thus speeding up his journey considerably and just right before Raoh's army marched upon the city to conquer it.